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  1. Althea Gibson A positive thinker

  2. Positive • Lost to Maureen Connolly at Forest Hills. • Lost again to Helen Pastall Perez in the first round of the singles contest. • Won in the French Open doubles with Angela Buxton as a partner. • Was named Female Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press.

  3. Famous • Had a story on her from the United Press. • Was called “The Rangy New Yorker with the Best Serve.” • Had many fans supporting her on and off the court. • Was especially loved by the family in the crowds.

  4. Athletic • Graduated from Florida A. and M. with the B.S. degree. • Was appointed to an athletic instruction ship at Lincoln University, Jefferson University, and Missouri. • Played basketball and tennis from high school to college. • Loved to try new sports. She had a passion for athletics.

  5. Determined • She had made the “fastest climb to the top” in women’s tennis of November 1954. • She was the eldest of 5 children and was pressure to be the best. • She played paddle tennis for years as a child. • She was 76 years old when she died. (76 was a large age for people of her time)

  6. Citations • "Gibson, Althea." Current Biography. Biography Reference Bank. Web. 4 Feb. 2010. • "Gibson, Althea." Current Biography. 1957. Biography Reference Bank. Web. 9 Feb. 2010. • Chipman, Dawn, Mary Florence, and Naomi Wax. Cool Women. 555 Broadway, New York, NY 10012. Girl Press Publishing. 1998. Print.