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Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Track and Field Athlete

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple, Red
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monte Carlo, France
Favorite Quote:
Make It Happen.

Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1966
Birth Location:
Memphis, Tennessee

Profession

Category:
SportsMakers
Occupation(s):
Track and Field Athlete

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Purple, Red
Favorite Food:
Soul Food
Favorite Time of Year:
All Seasons
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Monte Carlo, France
Favorite Quote:
Make It Happen.

Birthplace

Born:
9/8/1966
Birth Location:
Memphis
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Biography

Track and field athlete and fitness center entrepreneur Rochelle Stevens was born on September 8, 1966, in Memphis, Tennessee to the Reverend Beatrice Holloway-Davis. She attended Melrose High School and took to running competitively at an early age. By the time Stevens graduated high school, she was a TSSAA high school State Champion, a National High School All-American, a city champion, and an AAU Junior Olympics National Champion. She attended Morgan State University on a full track scholarship and received her B.S. degree in telecommunications and sales from that institution. She went on to receive an M.S. degree in public relations from Columbus University and then began her professional track career in earnest, coached by her mother who had also been a college track star.

After her first attempt in 1988, Stevens qualified for the Olympics and went to the Olympic Games in 1992, in Barcelona, Spain. She won the silver medal for her performance in the women’s 4x400 meter relay race and came in sixth in the world in the solo 400 meter race. At the next Olympic Games, held in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1996, Stevens competed in the women’s 4x400 meter race again and this time took home the gold medal.

Upon returning home to Memphis, Stevens founded the Rochelle Stevens Health and Wellness Spa, where she developed exercise, diet, and therapeutic programs. She also started and continues to sponsor the Rochelle Stevens International Track Invitational Meet, which is designed to expose high school students to college recruiters and formal track competitions. The event is certified to qualify runners for the junior Olympics, senior Olympics, and the Olympic trials.

Stevens retired from professional track competitions in 2000, and began substitute teaching and then serving as a behavioral specialist at Cherokee Elementary School, which she once attended. She has worked as a spokeswoman and motivational speaker for many Fortune 500 companies, including Nike, Maybelline, Blue Cross Blue Shield, and the Bank of America. Stevens is a member of the Better Business Bureau, the Black Business Association, the National Speaker Bureau, and the Word of Life Ministry.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 1 - Slating of Rochelle Stevens' interview
  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Rochelle Stevens lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Rochelle Stevens describes her mother's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Rochelle Stevens describes her mother, Beatrice Stevens Holloway, as a young woman
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Rochelle Stevens describes her father, John Ollie Holloway
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Rochelle Stevens describes her mother's occupation
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Rochelle Stevens describes her likeness to her parents
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Rochelle Stevens describes her sisters
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Rochelle Stevens remembers attending church at Living Word Ministries
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Rochelle Stevens describes her earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - Rochelle Stevens recalls living in Memphis' Orange Mound neighborhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - Rochelle Stevens lists athlete alumni of Memphis' Melrose High School
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - Rochelle Stevens describes her childhood home in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Rochelle Stevens describes the sights, sounds, and smells of her childhood
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Rochelle Stevens remembers her elementary and junior high schools
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Rochelle Stevens talks about her study habits in elementary school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Rochelle Stevens explains the effects of 'Roots' airing on television
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Rochelle Stevens remembers playing in the Cherokee Elementary School band
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Rochelle Stevens remembers getting involved in running
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Rochelle Stevens talks about Olympic history and popular black athletes in the 1970s
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Rochelle Stevens speaks about playing basketball in junior high school
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Rochelle Stevens remembers competing in the AAU Junior Olympics
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - Rochelle Stevens explains how she became a sprinter
  • Tape: 2 Story: 11 - Rochelle Stevens remembers beating Edward Temple's top recruits
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Rochelle Stevens remembers her experience at Memphis' Melrose High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Rochelle Stevens explains why she attended Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Rochelle Stevens recalls her studies at Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Rochelle Stevens talks about writing skills in her work as a behavioral specialist
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Rochelle Stevens explains why she chose to major telecommunications at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Rochelle Stevens remembers competing in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Rochelle Stevens remembers competing in Yugoslavia and East Berlin
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Rochelle Stevens describes competing in the Penn Relays
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Rochelle Stevens remembers setting track records at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Rochelle Stevens talks about the events she ran
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Rochelle Stevens describes her athletic diet
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Rochelle Stevens remembers Greek life at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Rochelle Stevens describes her social life at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Rochelle Stevens describes her senior year at Morgan State University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Rochelle Stevens remembers the 1988 Olympic trials in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Rochelle Stevens remembers running club track
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Rochelle Stevens remembers her track career picking up
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Rochelle Stevens describes trying out for the 1992 U.S. Olympic team and being trained by her mother
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Rochelle Stevens describes her training regimen
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Rochelle Stevens lists the best European female runners in 1992
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Rochelle Stevens talks about steroid use at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Rochelle Stevens recalls the 1992 U.S. Olympic trials
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Rochelle Stevens describes her experience at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Rochelle Stevens describes her experience at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Rochelle Stevens remembers her fame after the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Rochelle Stevens describes Florence Griffith Joyner's style
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Rochelle Stevens describes her injuries in 1992 and 1996
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Rochelle Stevens remembers competing injured in the 1996 Olympic Games
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Rochelle Stevens remembers winning a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Rochelle Stevens recalls suffering a career-ending knee injury in 2000
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Rochelle Stevens describes the Rochelle Stevens Invitational Track Meet and sports camp
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Rochelle Stevens talks about her activities outside of track
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Rochelle Stevens reflects upon her life
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Rochelle Stevens reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Rochelle Stevens talks about her family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - Rochelle Stevens describes her hopes and concerns for the African-American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - Rochelle Stevens describes how she would like to be remembered