Honoring our past as we celebrate some of the remarkable accomplishments by the women of Team USA

Throughout March, the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Digital Museum will share stories from the inspiring women of Team USA. Be sure to read about these amazing Olympians and Paralympians and the paths they followed to their success.

Explore their stories

Women’s soccer was added to the Olympic Games for the first time ever and while it was only an eight-team competition, it was a rousing success capped by the U.S. 2-1 victory over China in the gold medal game.
Wyomia Tyus won the 100-meter dash gold medal at the Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games. Four years later in Mexico City, she became the first person to repeat as Olympic gold medalist in the 100.
Wilma Rudolph overcame several childhood challenges -- including being told she would never walk again -- to win three track and field gold medals at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games.
Mary Lou Retton scored perfect 10s on the floor exercise and vault to win the individual all-around gold medal at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Games.
Jackie Joyner-Kersee won six Olympic medals (three gold), started four years on the UCLA women's basketball team and was named the Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century by Sports Illustrated.
One of the great shooters of her generation, Teresa Edwards played in five Olympic Games and led the U.S. women's basketball team to four gold medals.
Babe Didrikson might have won more medals at the Los Angeles 1932 Olympic Games, but at the time women were only permitted to enter three individual events.
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