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Willye White

Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame Inductee

Track & Field

Willye White Mississippi Hall of Fame Inductee

Willye White Stats, Bio

Born: January 1, 1939

Hometown: Money, MS

Year Induction: 1981

Deceased : February 6, 2007

High School

She was a 16-year-old high school sophomore when she won the silver medal for long jump in the Melbourne Olympics in 1956.

College Career

Tennessee State (1959-62)

Professional Career

Only American track athlete to appear in five Olympics (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, 1972)

 

Silver medal, long jump (1956)

Silver medal, 4 x 100 relay (1964)

Member of four U.S. Pan American Games teams

Competed in 150 countries.

Hall of Fame Inductions

Chicago Sports Hall of Fame

U.S. Track and Field Hall of Fame

Women’s Sports Foundation Hall of Fame

Did You Know?

Willye White started running track on her hometown high school varsity track team when she was just 10 years old.

 

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