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The Dorothy Doolittle Collection - Long Jump Competitions (1986-87)

Elgin Public Library

Silent | 1986

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  •  Carl Lewis qualified for five US Olympic teams, ultimately competing at the 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Summer Olympics. He won 10 Olympic medals, including the gold medal in long jump at all four Olympic games. He also won 10 World Championship medals, eight of which were gold.  
  •  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.  
  •   Larry Myricks qualified for four US Olympic teams, competing at the 1984 and 1988 Summer Olympics and winning a bronze medal in long jump at the latter. He also won two World Championship bronze medals in long jump.  
  •  Jackie Joyner-Kersee competed for the US Olympic Team at the 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Summer Olympics, winning medals in the long jump and heptathlon events. She won three gold, one silver, and two bronze Olympic medals as well as four World Championship gold medals.  
  •  Jennifer Innis competed for the Guyana Olympic Team at the 1980 and 1984 Summer Olympics in the long jump and 100-meter events. She competed for the US team at two World Championships.  
  •  Carl Lewis. Lewis now works as an assistant coach in track and field at his alma mater, the University of Houston. 
  •  Mike Powell competed for the US Olympic Team at the 1988, 1992, and 1996 Summer Olympics, winning two silver medals in long jump. He also won two gold and won bronze World Championship medals. Powell still holds the long jump world record. 
  •  Jennifer Innis 
 
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Compiled by esteemed track and field coach Dorothy Doolittle of Elgin, this slow-motion footage captures professional athletes performing the long jump at various competitions in 1986 and 1987. All of the athletes are former Olympians, including Carl Lewis, Mike Conley, Sr., Larry Myricks, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jennifer Innis, and Mike Powell. All but Innis served on the US Olympic Team.
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.