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Past Olympic Athletes: Profiles, Biographies, and Activities

Find links to profiles of diver Greg Louganis, protesters Tommie Smith and John Carlos, swimmer Mark Spitz, runners Wilma Rudolph, Babe Didrikson and Jesse Owens, and more.
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Muhammad Ali, Olympic Athlete
A brief biographical article about Muhammad Ali and this athletic career accomplishments.

Babe Didrikson, Olympic Athlete
A profile of Babe Didrikson, a female athlete who was ahead of her time.

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Olympic Athlete
Learn more about the life of track and field star Jackie Joyner-Kersee.

Reading Warm-Up: Michelle Kwan Biography
In this printable reading warm-up, students read a short biography of Olympic athlete Michelle Kwan and answer reading comprehension questions.

Olympic History: Louganis' Diving Accident During 1988 Games in Seoul
An account of Greg Louganis' diving accident at the 1988 Seoul Olympic games.

Jesse Owens, Olympic Athlete
Learn more about the life of track and field star Jesse Owens.

Jesse Owens: Olympic Champion
Profile of Jesse Owens, track and field champion of the 1936 Summer Olympic Games.

Olympic Star: Jesse Owens Biography and Activities
Share the story of Jesse Owens's achievements with your students, and assign the related activities as a way of learning more about this outstanding African-American athlete.

Wilma Rudolph, Olympic Athlete
Read a brief history of Wilma Rudolph, aka La Gazella, who was an African American track star and three-time gold medalist.

Mark Spitz, Olympic Athlete
Mark Spitz claimed seven gold medals and broke an Olympic record during his successful career.

Jim Thorpe, Olympic Athlete
Read about Jim Thorpe's life and accomplishments, and explore the related activities to learn more about this famous athlete.

Reading Warm-Up: Jim Thorpe Biography
In this printable warm-up, students read a short biography on Olympic athlete Jim Thorpe and answer reading comprehension questions.

Olympic History: 1968 Games and Civil Disobedience
Track-and-field medalists Tommie Smith and John Carlos left an indelible mark on Olympic history with their show of civil disobedience at their 1968 medal ceremony.