UMD Olympians Blaze Trails

Posted: August 10, 2021 in Uncategorized

Terrapin Tales

By keondra bills freemyn

The eight Terps competing in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics (postponed to 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic) join a list of over 50 athletes who have represented their home countries on the global stage. University of Maryland has a long history of producing world-class athletes, including a number of national team members and Olympians. For some UMD Olympians, their athleticism also blazed trails, paving the way for following generations of athletes in their field.

Paula Girven-Pittman (Track & Field)
Paul Girven-Pittman was one of the first Black UMD athletes to receive an athletic scholarship. While at UMD, Gervin set school records for the high jump and 55-meter hurdles. She was a member of the US Olympic track and field teams for the summer games in 1976 (Montreal) and 1980 (Moscow). However, due to Team USA’s boycott of the 1980 games, Gervin and her teammates did…

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