Valerie Brisco-Hooks

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Valerie Brisco-Hooks
Personal information
Born 6 July 1960
Greenwood, Mississippi

Valerie Ann Brisco-Hooks (born July 6, 1960 in Greenwood, Mississippi) won three gold medals as an Olympic track and field athlete at the 1984 Olympics at Los Angeles, California, making her the first Olympian to win gold medals in both the 200- and 400-meter races at a single Olympics. She also won a gold medal for the 4x400 m. Brisco competed in the 1988 Olympic Games, which took place in Seoul, South Korea, running on the American 4x400 meter-relay team that finished in second place (but above the older record) behind the Soviet team that broke the 4x400 meter-relay world record. To date, that remains the second fastest 4x400 relay of all time, behind only the winners of that race.

Her 400 metres time of 48.83, set while winning the 1984 Olympics was at the time the Olympic record and still ranks her as the eighth fastest woman of all time.

Brisco-Hooks currently is coaching with the Bob Kersee group of athletes and at West Los Angeles College.

Television guest appearance[edit]

Brisco races Cliff (Bill Cosby) at the Penn Relays in The Cosby Show episode Off to the Races, first aired Thursday May 8, 1986, on NBC.

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