Sharon Hedrick, Olympian | University of Illinois Archives
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Sharon Hedrick, winner of the Lipton Metric Mile, at the 24th National Wheelchair Games held at the U of I in 1980. In 1984, Hedrick (1982 MS Health and Safety Education) became the first wheelchair athlete to win a gold medal in wheelchair track at the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. She won the 800 meter race in world record time. In 1985 Hedrick became the first wheelchair athlete to receive the Southland Olympia Award. This award was created to recognize athletes who excel in sport and embody dedication to the amateur ideal. In 1988, Hedrick won another gold medal in the 800 meter race in the Olympic Games in Seoul, South Korea.
Found in RS: 16/6/13, Box 1, Athletics
Image measures 24.5 cm W X 19.6 cm H
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