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Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Track and Field Athlete
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cobbler (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/6/1961
Birth Location:
Dale City, Virginia

Profession

Category:
CivicMakers
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Foundation Chief Executive
Track and Field Athlete
Nonprofit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Red
Favorite Food:
Cobbler (Apple)
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Beaches
Favorite Quote:
None

Birthplace

Born:
7/6/1961
Birth Location:
Dale City
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Biography

Olympian and marketing executive Benita Fitzgerald Mosley, a native of Dale City, Virginia, graduated from the University of Tennessee in 1984 with her degree in industrial engineering; she won a gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles in the Olympic Games the same year. Mosley was an athlete on the United States Olympic Teams of 1980 and 1984, and an alternate for the 1988 team; during her athletic career, she was the second American, and the only African American woman at that time to have won an Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles. Mosley went on to become a fifteen-time All-American; an eight-time national champion; and a gold medalist in the 1983 Pan American Games.

In 1985, Mosley began an engineering career as a computer software and hardware systems developer for defense contractors. After six years in this field, Mosley switched her career to sports marketing and administration, becoming a regional director for Special Olympics International in Washington, D.C. From 1993 to 1995, Mosley served as program director for the marketing division of the Atlanta Committee for the Olympic Games. In 1995, Mosley began working for the United States Olympic Committee as the director of the ARCO Olympic Training Center in San Diego; from 1997 until 2000, she served as the USOC's director of Olympic training centers. In March 2001, Mosley was appointed president of Women in Cable and Telecommunications, and Cablefax ranked her fiftieth on its annual list of the 100 most influential executives in the industry.

Mosley was inducted into both the Virginia High School Hall of Fame, and the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame; she was named Sportswoman of the Century by The Potomac News and ranked twelfth on a list of the Top 50 Sports Figures of the Century from Virginia by Sports Illustrated. Track and Field News named Mosley Hurdler of the Decade for the 1980s, and in 1996 the United States Sports Academy named her its Distinguished Service Award winner. Additionally, in 1996, Mosley was one of the eight U.S. Olympians chosen to carry the Olympic Flag into the stadium during the Atlanta Olympic Games opening ceremony.

Mosely married Ron Mosley, with whom she had a son, Isaiah.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Benita Mosley's interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Benita Mosley lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Benita Mosley describes her family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Benita Mosley describes her father, pt.1
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Benita Mosley describes her father, pt.2
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Benita Mosley describes her mother
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Benita Mosley talks about her mother's career as a teacher in the 1960s
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Benita Mosley describes the sights, sounds, and smells of Dale City, Virginia
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Benita Mosley talks about her family
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Benita Mosley remembers being teased by other children as a girl
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Benita Mosley recalls her family's discipline
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Benita Mosley describes her childhood personality and activities
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Benita Mosley talks about becoming interested in track
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Benita Mosley remembers her activities at Mills E. Godwin Middle School in Manassas, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Benita Mosley describes attending Gar-Field High School in Dale City, Virginia
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Benita Mosley recalls her high school track competitions
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Benita Mosley talks about not playing basketball in high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Benita Mosley talks about Olympian Paula Girven
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Benita Mosley recalls winning the Track Junior National Championship in 1978
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Benita Mosley describes competing in Russia in 1978
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Benita Mosley talks about becoming an Olympic contender during her senior year of high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Benita Mosley explains how she chose to attend the University of Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Benita Mosley talks about women's athletics at the University of Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Benita Mosley describes academics at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Benita Mosley talks about the importance of having a well-rounded life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Benita Mosley talks about pressure and overtraining in women's athletics
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Benita Mosley talks about making the Olympic team in 1980
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Benita Mosley talks about her experience on the 1980 Olympic team
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Benita Mosley talks about the race of female Olympic track athletes
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Benita Mosley comments on the impact of international politics on track teams
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Benita Mosley describes her athletic development from 1980 to 1983
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Benita Mosley describes the context of the 1984 Olympic games
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Benita Mosley describes winning the 1984 Olympic gold medal
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Benita Mosley talks about how athletics has built her self-confidence
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Benita Mosley talks about her career as an engineer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Benita Mosley describes her injuries in the mid-1980s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Benita Mosley describes the 1988 Olympic Trials
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Benita Mosley talks about her post-Olympics career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Benita Mosley talks about becoming the President of Woman in Cable and Telecommunications
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Benita Mosley describes her hopes and concerns for the black community
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Benita Mosley talks about her future plans
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Benita Mosley reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Benita Mosley gives advice to young female athletes
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Benita Mosley talks about her parents' pride in her career
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Benita Mosley describes how she would like to be remembered