Team USA’s women’s track and field in the Rio Olympics featured several young women who competed in the Colgate Women’s Games: Phyllis Francis, Natasha Hastings, Deajah Stevens, Delilah Muhammed, Nia Ali and Ajee Wilson.
These six athletes developed their talents by participating in track and field as early as elementary and middle school, rising to the top of their fields to become champions in the last decade at Colgate Games’ finals at Madison Square Garden or The Armory in NYC.
Until this week, the nation’s largest track and field series boasted 20 former Olympic champions in its 42-year history, with many returning as long-time officials.
Among the first, Cheryl Toussaint, the director of the Colgate Games, is a Silver Medalist from the 1972 Olympic Games. Toussaint says that six former participants qualifying and competing in the 2016 Olympics is an unprecedented number. She talked about the ongoing success of Colgate Games alumni in the Olympics and beyond.