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The Dorothy Doolittle Collection - Men’s Triple Jump Competitions (1986-87)

Elgin Public Library

Silent | 1986

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  •  Willie Banks qualified for three US Olympic Teams, ultimately competing at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics. He won a World Championship silver medal in 1983. 
  •  Charles Simpkins represented the United States at the 1988 and 1992 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in triple jump at the latter. 
  •  Mike Conley served on the US Olympic Team at the 1984 and 1992 Summer Olympics, winning a silver and gold medal in triple jump, respectively. He also won four World Championship medals, ranking no. 1 in the world for triple jump six times during his career.  
 
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Compiled by esteemed track and field coach Dorothy Doolittle of Elgin, this slow-motion footage captures professional athletes performing the triple jump at various competitions in 1986 and 1987. All of the athletes are former Olympians, including Willie Banks, Charles Simpkins, and Mike Conley.
Dorothy Doolittle is a former track and field athlete and coach from Elgin, Texas. She began her running career while she was a student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the time, the longest distance women were allowed to run was 800 meters. After graduating in 1969, Doolittle began running marathons, making her one of the first women to do so. At one time, she ranked fifth in the nation and sixth in the world. Her last marathon was the inaugural Chicago Mayor Daley Marathon (now the Bank of America Chicago Marathon) on September 25, 1977. With a time of 2:50:47, she became the first woman to win the race. 
 
By the mid-1970s, Doolittle also began a career in coaching. She served as the head coach for women’s track and field teams at both high school and collegiate levels, including Elgin High School, McGregor Middle School, Austin Westlake High School, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Houston, Stanford University, and the University of Tennessee. Doolittle also coached multiple US Olympic teams in track and field events. 
 
Doolittle currently lives in Austin.