Sharon Hedrick of U.S.A. set a world record for women’s 800-meter wheelchair race. Photo dated: August 12, 1984.
Sharon won the gold medal in the 800 m wheelchair race at both the 1984 and 1988 Olympic games, setting world records both times. She also won six gold, four silver, and two bronze medals as a Paralympian in athletics, swimming, and basketball. Before she competed in the Olympics and Paralympics, Sharon was the first female wheelchair athlete to enter and complete the Boston Marathon (1976).
Sharon is part of the delegation representing President Obama at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The games began on August 29.
Hayward Field - Eugene Oregon. The granddaddy of them all. Tracktown USA. Probably the most famous track in the US. Site of this weekend’s Prefontaine Classic, the 4th meet of the Diamond League. The US Olympic Trials will be held here in a few weeks.