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Happy 101 to AKA Athletics

If you haven't figured it out by now, Ed and Ken are also members of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. We also happen to be big fans of the K's, also known as, the ladies of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. They would be our sorors. Today, their organization just turned 101 years old. Congrats to you ladies, in ETSF fashion we highlight some of the baddest AKA athletes of all-time.

Alice Coachman - Was a former track & field athlete from Tuskegee University. She specialized in high jump, and was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal, in the 1948 Olympics in London, England.

Vonetta Flowers - Flowers was a star sprinter and long jumper at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and originally aspired to make the U.S. Summer Olympic Team. However, after not qualifying, she turned to bobsledding, and found success as a brakewoman almost immediately. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, she won the gold medal in the two-woman event, becoming the first black person to win a gold medal in the Winter Olympics.

Zina Garrison-Jackson - Former professional tennis player from Houston, Texas. During her career, she was a women's singles runner-up at Wimbledon in 1990, a three-time Grand Slam mixed doubles champion, and a women's doubles Gold Medalist at the 1988 Olympic Games.

Althea Gibson - A tennis player from Harlem, she became the first African-American woman to be a competitor on the world tennis tour and the first to win a Grand Slam title in 1956. She is sometimes referred to as "the Jackie Robinson of tennis" for breaking the "color barrier."

Chamique Holdsclaw - One of the most legendary female basketball players of all-time. She was as big as Cheryl Miller, Sheryl Swoopes, Lisa Leslie, Diana Taurasi, AND Candace Parker. Led Tennessee to 3 consecutive national championships, including a 39-0 season. Also suited up in the NBA with the Washington Mystics and L.A. Sparks.

Since we're talking about fine women...do yourself a favor and checkout an older article with our 2008 Fine Female Athletes List, and don't worry we will update this in April 2009. GOT ANY SUGGESTIONS FOR FINE FEMALE ATHLETES???



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