Women in Sports

Women were first allowed to compete in the Olympics in 1900. However, they could only compete in tennis and golf. After the decision was made to allow women to compete in boxing, women were allowed to compete in all Olympic sports for the first time in Olympic history, in 2012. Visit the History of the Olympics: Ancient and Modern

Visit South Carolina Olympians to learn about women from South Carolina who have competed in the Olympics. View the video about Shannon Johnson, an Olympic gold medalist, who is head coach of the Coker College women's basketball team. Learn who Lucile Godbold was and how her achievements paved the way for women athletes. 

Find out about a female Kite Boarder. Learn about Mamie "Peanut" Johnson

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Mamie "Peanut" Johnson | Periscope
Mamie "Peanut" Johnson | Periscope

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Mamie "Peanut" Johnson challenged the traditional role of female athletes by entering the men's Negro Major League in 1953. She was the only female pitcher and only one of three women to play in the...
Shannon Johnson, Olympics Basketball Player
Shannon Johnson, Olympics Basketball Player

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Shannon Johnson's titles include University of South Carolina All-American,WNBA All-Star, Olympic gold medalist, and Head Coach of the Coker College women’s basketball team. Produced by Sarah Stone...
Lucile Godbold | S.C. Hall of Fame
Lucile Godbold | S.C. Hall of Fame

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Lucile "Miss Ludy" Ellerbe Godbold (1900-1981) is a distinguished American athlete and educator from Estill, South Carolina. Her accomplishments paved the way for female athletes around the world...
Elea Faucheron, Kite Boarder | Original SC
Elea Faucheron, Kite Boarder | Original SC

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For Elea Faucheron, the ocean is where it's at. Even growing up in the mountains her heart was always at the beach. When she got a chance she moved to Charleston. Within 2 months she was literally...