The 30-Year Anniversary of Joan Benoit Samuelson’s Olympic Win (Runner’s World)

Joan Benoit Samuelson '79

Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79

Thirty years ago this week, the women’s marathon made history as the first women’s running event in the Olympics. And when its winner, Joan Benoit Samuelson ’79, entered the tunnel that would take her into her final laps on the track, she knew that the world and her own life would be changed forever on the other side. The 1984 Olympics were held in Los Angeles – “the media capital of the world,” allowing Benoit Samuelson to prove to billions of viewers that women can rise to the “ultimate in courageous endurance” that a marathon represents – not to mention that she could win the event mere days after undergoing knee surgery. Read more about the what, when, where and who from Runner’s World.


  1. herb phillips '54t says:

    My son Tom (’84)and self were at the L.A. Colliseum and among the thousands that watched her on the Jumbo screen leave Santa Monica and run all the way to the finish line successfully. A great day for Joan an also for the entire Bowdoin community Herb Philips ’54

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