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Valerie Brisco-Hooks

Full name: Valerie Ann Brisco-Hooks
Gender: Female
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Weight: 137 lbs (62 kg)
Born: July 6, 1960 in Greenwood, Mississippi, United States
Affiliations: Tiger World Class Athletic Club/West Coast Athletic Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

After her brother Robert was shot on a running track in Los Angeles, Valerie Brisco took up running in his honor. Initially a fairly unremarkable runner, she married NFL player Alvin Hooks and gave birth to a son. She then put herself through gruelling daily 12-hour training sessions, culminating in two wins at the US Olympic Trials, qualifying for the 200 and 400 m. In Los Angeles, she peaked, and won three Olympic gold medals. She became the first woman to win the 200 and 400 m at the same Olympics, and added a third gold in the relay. She never managed to reach the same level as in 1984, but won a World Championship bronze in 1986 and Olympic silver in 1988, both in the 4×400 m relay. She retired from track and field in 1991.

Personal Bests: 200 – 21.81 (1984); 400 – 48.83 (1984).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 200 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 400 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 1 Gold OR
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 400 metres United States USA 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 1 OR 21.81 0,200 7
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 1 QU 22.28 2
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat One 2 QU 22.78 1
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Three 1 QU 23.30 7

Women's 400 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(A) RT L
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final 1 OR 48.83 0,182 5
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat One 1 QU 51.14 4
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States Round One Heat Four 1 QU 51.42 2
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Final 4 50.16 1
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Semi-Finals Heat Two 2 QU 49.90 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Quarter-Finals Heat Four 2 QU 51.24 4
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States Round One Heat Five 1 QU 51.96 5

Women's 4 × 400 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T(A) ST
1984 Summer 24 Los Angeles Athletics United States USA Final 1 OR 3:18.29 49,23
1988 Summer 28 Seoul Athletics United States USA Final 2 3:15.51 48,44