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Color: Orange
Food: Fettucini Afredo
Quote: In order to be successful you have to have the ability to remain focused.
Season: Summer
Vacation Destination: Nice
East Orange, New Jersey United States
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Interview Date: 04/10/2017

Track and field athlete Joetta Clark Diggs was born on August 1, 1962 in East Orange, New Jersey to Joseph and Jetta Clark. Diggs graduated from Columbia High School in 1980, and went on to attend the University of Tennessee. In 1984, she earned her B.S. degree in public relations from the University of Tennessee, where she won nine collegiate titles as well.

After college, Diggs continued her career and participated in many international competitions. In 1980, Diggs participated in the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships and earned a gold medal in the 800 meters event. In 1988, she competed in her first Olympic Games, ranking within the top ten track athletes in the world. Diggs was a member of four U.S. Olympic teams and competed in 1992, 1996, and 2000 as well. She also participated in the World Indoor Championships in 1993 and won a bronze medal in the 800 meters event. In her final year on the Olympics team, Diggs was named as captain of the women’s team. During her career, she ranked among the top ten American track and field athletes for twenty-one years, as well as among the top ten track athletes in the world since 1991. In 1998, Diggs was ranked at number four in the world. Following the end of her track and field career, Diggs established the Joetta Clark Diggs Sports Foundation in 2002. The organization promotes physical activities for children of all ages and offers scholarships. She is also the President of Joetta Sports & Beyond, LLC, where she acts as a motivational speaker and promotes messages of health and fitness across the country.

In addition to the medals that she has won for track and field, Diggs has been honored for her spectacular career in other ways as well. In 2004, Diggs was inducted into the Penn Relays Hall of Fame. She was also inducted into the U.S.A. Track & Field Hall of Fame in 2009 and the New Jersey Hall of Fame in 2013. Diggs was also selected by The Star Ledger as the “Woman Athlete of the Century.”

Diggs and her husband, Ronald Diggs, live in Hillsborough, New Jersey. They have one child, Talitha.

Joetta Clark Diggs was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on April 10, 2017.

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