Who is Gail Devers?
Gail Devers Yolanda is an American retired track and field athlete. A two-time Olympic champion in the 100 meters for the USA. Her 1996 win made her only the second woman after Wyomia Tyus to successfully defend an Olympic 100m title.
Detailed Gail Devers Biography?
Devers was born in Seattle, Washington, and grew up near National City, California, graduating from Sweetwater High School in 1984. A young talent in the 100 m and 100 m hurdles, Devers was in training for the 1988 Summer Olympics, started experiencing health problems, suffering from among others migraine and vision loss.
She qualified for the Olympics 100 m hurdles, in which she was eliminated in the semi-finals, but her health continued to deteriorate even further.
In 1990, she was diagnosed with Graves’ disease and underwent radioactive iodine treatment followed by thyroid hormone replacement therapy. During her radiation treatment, Devers began to develop blistering and swelling of her feet. Eventually, the sprinter could barely walk and had to crawl and or be carried.
A doctor considered amputating her feet. Amazingly, Devers recovered after the radiation treatment was discontinued, and she resumed training.
At the 1991 World Championships, she won a silver medal in the 100 m hurdles.
At the 1992 Summer Olympics, Devers starred. She qualified for the final of the 100 m, which ended in an exciting finish, with five women finishing close (within 0.06 seconds).
The photo finish showed Devers had narrowly beaten Jamaican Juliet Cuthbert.
In the final of the 100 m hurdles, Devers’ lead event, she seemed to be running towards a second gold medal, when she hit the final hurdle and stumbled over the finish line in fifth place, leaving Voula Patoulidou from Greece as the upset winner.
In 1993, Devers won the 100 m World Championship title after – again – a photo-finish win over Merlene Ottey in an apparent dead heat, and the 100 m hurdles title. She retained her hurdles title in 1995.
The 100 m final at the 1996 Summer Olympics was an almost exact repeat of the World Championships final three years before. Ottey and Devers again finished at the same time and did not know who had won the race. Again, both were awarded the same time, but Devers was judged to have finished first and become the first woman to retain the Olympic 100 m title since Wyomia Tyus.
Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce duplicated the feat in 2012. In the final of her favorite event, Devers again failed, as she finished fourth and outside of the medals. With the 4 × 100 m relay team, Devers won her third Olympic gold medal.
After these Olympics, Devers concentrated on the hurdles event, winning the World Championship again in 1999, but she had to forfeit for the semi-finals at the 2000 Summer Olympics.
Devers competed in the 100 m and 100 m hurdles at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, her fifth Olympic Games. Devers left the competition in 2005 to give birth to a child with her husband and returned in 2006.
On February 2, 2007, at the age of 40, Devers edged 2004 Olympic champion Joanna Hayes to win the 60 m hurdles event at the Millrose Games in 7.86 seconds – the best time in the world that season and just 0.12 off the record she set in 2003. Furthermore, the time bettered the listed World Record for a 40-year-old by almost 7 tenths of a second.
Gail Devers Nails
During her career, Devers was notable for having exceptionally long, heavily decorated fingernails.
One of the fastest starters in the world, Devers even had to alter her starting position to accommodate her long nails. Her long nails came as the result of a contest her father devised to get her to stop biting her nails as a child.
She gained much fame following her 100m victory at Pan American Games in 1987 and seemed to be headed for greater success when she became ill with Graves’ disease.
Following a grueling treatment regime, she made a spectacular comeback at the 1992 Summer Olympics, winning the gold in the 100m.
She won a third Olympic gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1996. She is also the 1993 World champion in the 100m and a three-time World champion in the 100m hurdles. In 2011, she was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Born in Seattle, Washington, she took to running at a young age. She raced with her brother as a little girl and once she was able to consistently beat him, she began looking out for newer opponents to beat. She participated in several school races during her student years and helped her team win the San Diego sectional track and field team title.
Her sports record as a high school student was so good that she received many offers of athletic scholarships and chose the University of California, Los Angeles. She trained under coach Bob Kersee who forced the athlete to push her limits and groomed her into a formidable runner in international competitions.
Gail Devers Recognition
In 2011, she was elected into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame. The following year she was elected into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. In November 2012, Devers was announced as a 2013 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented annually to six distinguished former college student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of the end of their college sports careers.
What is Gail Devers Age?
Gail was born on November 19, 1966.
Who’re Gail Devers Family Members?
Yolanda Gail Devers was born in Seattle on November 19, 1966. Her father was a minister while her mother was a teacher. She has one elder brother, Parenthesis, who grew up to become a professional bodybuilder. *When the children were young, she used to race with her brother and trained hard to be able to beat him. A good runner, she soon started participating in races at her school, Sweetwater High School and helped her team win several awards in interschool competitions.
Who’re Gail Devers Children?
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Who’s Gail Devers Husband?
Gail Devers’ first marriage was to Ron Roberts, a fellow athlete. Their marriage unraveled after she became ill with Graves’ disease and the couple divorced in 1991. She is currently married to Mike Phillips and has two daughters.
What is Gail Devers Net Worth 2020?
Gail Devers is an American track and field athlete who has a net worth of $2 million.
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Gail Devers Books
My Life in Story: Stronger
Gail Devers Quotes
1. “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.”
2. “Keep your dreams alive. Understand to achieve anything requires faith and belief in yourself, vision, hard work, determination, and dedication. Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
3. “Remember all things are possible for those who believe.”
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Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story