Lillie Leatherwood

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Lillie Leatherwood
Personal information
Full name Lillie Mae Leatherwood
Born July 6, 1964 (1964-07-06) (age 50)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.

Lillie Mae Leatherwood (born July 6, 1964 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama)[1] is an American athlete who competed mainly in the 400 metres.

She competed for the United States in the 1984 Summer Olympics held in Los Angeles, U.S. in the 4 x 400 metres where she won the gold medal with her team mates Sherri Howard, Olympic 400 m champion Valerie Brisco-Hooks and 400 m silver medalist Chandra Cheeseborough.

A native of Ralph, Alabama, Lillie attended the University of Alabama, in the 1986 NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships Lillie captured the 400-m title with a 1st-place finish in an indoor collegiate record-setting time of 51.23s. She was also the National Champion in the 400-meter dash at the 1985 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, with a time of 53.12 seconds.

Lillie became a member of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority in 1986 through the Iota Eta Chapter at the University of Alabama. She became married on November 20, 1986 to teammate & Olympian, Emmit King, member of Phi Beta Sigma. Lillie now resides in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and is employed by the Tuscaloosa City Police Department.[2]


  1. ^ "Lillie Leatherwood". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. 
  2. ^ January 31, 2013, Stephanie Taylor. "Leatherwood says PAL job is ‘worth it': Tuscaloosa officer, Olympic medalist says she enjoys helping kids". The Tuscaloosa News. Tuscaloosa Police Department Officer Lillie Leatherwood