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The First Gold
The First Gold
Published: 2008/08/16
Channel: Bennett Running
1984 Olympics - Woman
1984 Olympics - Woman's Marathon Finish
Published: 2015/01/31
Channel: Cycling Classics
Joan Benoit Samuelson on 1984 Olympic Win
Joan Benoit Samuelson on 1984 Olympic Win
Published: 2010/02/21
Channel: Columbus Academy
Joan Benoit Wins First Ever Olympic Women
Joan Benoit Wins First Ever Olympic Women's Marathon - Los Angeles 1984 Olympics
Published: 2013/05/19
Channel: Olympic
Joan Benoit wins first Women
Joan Benoit wins first Women's Marathon | Epic Olympic Moments
Published: 2015/12/20
Channel: Olympic
How to Prep for a Marathon with Joan Benoit Samuelson
How to Prep for a Marathon with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2012/02/28
Channel: TriColumbia
Chicago Marathon 1985, Steve Jones & Joan Benoit
Chicago Marathon 1985, Steve Jones & Joan Benoit
Published: 2013/08/08
Channel: PeterMacca88
5 21 2017 Running Beyond 60
5 21 2017 Running Beyond 60
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: gemerson67
Joan Benoit Nike Commercial
Joan Benoit Nike Commercial
Published: 2012/04/15
Channel: sz9
Olympics - 1984 Los Angeles - Womens Marathon Highlights & Medal Ceremony - USA Joan Benoit
Olympics - 1984 Los Angeles - Womens Marathon Highlights & Medal Ceremony - USA Joan Benoit
Published: 2016/04/02
Channel: Imasportsphile III
There Is No Finish Line: The Joan Benoit-Samuelson Story (Trailer)
There Is No Finish Line: The Joan Benoit-Samuelson Story (Trailer)
Published: 2012/04/11
Channel: theorchardsports
Track & Field 1985 New York Womens Mini Marathon Featuring Joan Benoit imasportsphile
Track & Field 1985 New York Womens Mini Marathon Featuring Joan Benoit imasportsphile
Published: 2016/01/20
Channel: dick tingley
There Is No Finish Line: The Joan Benoit-Samuelson Story
There Is No Finish Line: The Joan Benoit-Samuelson Story
Published: 2014/04/28
Channel: The Orchard Movies
Joan Benoit on Boston Marathon & Olympic Trials
Joan Benoit on Boston Marathon & Olympic Trials
Published: 2010/02/19
Channel: Columbus Academy
Running Tips: Joan Benoit Samuelson talks about why it
Running Tips: Joan Benoit Samuelson talks about why it's important to be a well-informed athlete
Published: 2013/04/10
Channel: ProTips4U
Nutrition with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Nutrition with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2012/03/20
Channel: TriColumbia
1984 Olympic Games   Women
1984 Olympic Games Women's Marathon
Published: 2015/08/18
Channel: westnyacktwins
A conversation with Olympian Joan Benoit
A conversation with Olympian Joan Benoit
Published: 2015/05/20
Channel: Watertown Daily Times
Joan Benoit Samuelson Completes Boston Marathon With Children
Joan Benoit Samuelson Completes Boston Marathon With Children
Published: 2014/04/21
Channel: CBS Boston
2008 Women
2008 Women's Olympic Marathon Trials- Joan Benoit-Samuelson
Published: 2008/05/06
Channel: Galvatron13
Marathon Running Tips: What to do on marathon race morning, with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Marathon Running Tips: What to do on marathon race morning, with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2013/04/14
Channel: ProTips4U
Olympics - 1984 L A Games - Womens - Marathon Joan Benoit / Grete Waitz & Basketball USA VS Canada
Olympics - 1984 L A Games - Womens - Marathon Joan Benoit / Grete Waitz & Basketball USA VS Canada
Published: 2017/06/28
Channel: RSS Empresas
Running tips: How to prepare for a marathon with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Running tips: How to prepare for a marathon with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2013/04/12
Channel: Howdini
Stock Footage - Joan Benoit, Marathon Winner, 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics
Stock Footage - Joan Benoit, Marathon Winner, 1984 Los Angeles Summer Olympics
Published: 2012/01/27
Channel: MyFootage.com
Athletics - Women
Athletics - Women's Marathon - Los Angeles 1984 Summer Olympic Games
Published: 2010/03/01
Channel: Olympic
Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson Comes to Corning
Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson Comes to Corning
Published: 2012/09/29
Channel: WENY TV NEWS
2009 Boston Marathon - Joan Benoit
2009 Boston Marathon - Joan Benoit
Published: 2009/04/17
Channel: 113thbostonmarathon
How to Train While Traveling with Joan Benoit Samuelson
How to Train While Traveling with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2012/03/14
Channel: TriColumbia
2010 Boston Marathon - Joan Benoit Samuelson
2010 Boston Marathon - Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2010/04/16
Channel: TheBostonMarathon
Joan Benoit Samuelson on Lance Armstrong
Joan Benoit Samuelson on Lance Armstrong
Published: 2010/02/26
Channel: Columbus Academy
Joan Benoit
Joan Benoit's There Is No Finish Line Contest Announcement
Published: 2012/06/28
Channel: Hannaford
Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Marathon | Marathon Week
Los Angeles 1984 Olympic Marathon | Marathon Week
Published: 2015/04/22
Channel: Olympic
New College of Florida:  Joan Benoit Samuelson Lecture
New College of Florida: Joan Benoit Samuelson Lecture
Published: 2009/11/24
Channel: New College of Florida
Proper Stretching For Runners with Joan Samuelson
Proper Stretching For Runners with Joan Samuelson
Published: 2015/02/22
Channel: ProTips4U
Running Tips: Joan Benoit Samuelson talks about her role models
Running Tips: Joan Benoit Samuelson talks about her role models
Published: 2013/04/10
Channel: ProTips4U
Speaker Joan Benoit Samuelson
Speaker Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2015/10/24
Channel: UCI Academic Initiatives
Running Network Interviews: Joan Benoit Samuelson and Steve Jones - Chicago Marathon - GLSP
Running Network Interviews: Joan Benoit Samuelson and Steve Jones - Chicago Marathon - GLSP
Published: 2010/10/19
Channel: Jennie McCafferty
Benoit Commercial
Benoit Commercial
Published: 2006/02/18
Channel: cablecarchase
Interview Joan Benoit
Interview Joan Benoit
Published: 2015/05/29
Channel: sebdespres
RayCoach - Meet Joan Benoit
RayCoach - Meet Joan Benoit
Published: 2016/01/08
Channel: RayCoach
Samuelson Gives Marathon Runners Last Minute Tips
Samuelson Gives Marathon Runners Last Minute Tips
Published: 2017/04/17
Channel: CBS Boston
2013-Boston-Marathon-Joan Benoit
2013-Boston-Marathon-Joan Benoit
Published: 2013/10/18
Channel: Competitor.com
Nike Womens 2009 Joan Benoit Samuelson
Nike Womens 2009 Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2009/10/28
Channel: ATIPPIE
Joan Benoit Sameulson iMovie
Joan Benoit Sameulson iMovie
Published: 2017/05/25
Channel: Kathleen Butterfield
Olympics - 1984 L A Games - Womens Track Marathon - USA Joan Benoit & NOR Grete Waitz - 1st 5 Miles
Olympics - 1984 L A Games - Womens Track Marathon - USA Joan Benoit & NOR Grete Waitz - 1st 5 Miles
Published: 2017/07/07
Channel: RSS Empresas
2009 Boston Marathon - Joan Benoit
2009 Boston Marathon - Joan Benoit
Published: 2010/04/12
Channel: TheBostonMarathon
Facts About Joan Benoit Samuelson
Facts About Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2013/05/15
Channel: Kate Parkin
Joan Benoit Highlight
Joan Benoit Highlight
Published: 2009/05/03
Channel: azvideoprofiles
Running Tips: Joan Benoit Samuelson tells ProTips4U about her best moment
Running Tips: Joan Benoit Samuelson tells ProTips4U about her best moment
Published: 2013/04/10
Channel: ProTips4U
Beach to Beacon Interview with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Beach to Beacon Interview with Joan Benoit Samuelson
Published: 2013/08/09
Channel: MtAraratSports
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Joan Benoit
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Personal information
Full name Joan Benoit Samuelson
Nationality American
Born (1957-05-16) May 16, 1957 (age 60)
Cape Elizabeth, Maine
Residence Freeport, Maine
Height 5 ft 2 in (157 cm)
Weight 100 lb (45 kg)
Spouse(s) Scott Samuelson (m. September 1984)[1]
Sport
Country USA
Sport Track and field athletics
Event(s) Marathon
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1984

Joan Benoit Samuelson (born May 16, 1957) is an American marathon runner who won gold at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the year that the women's marathon was introduced. As a result, she was the first-ever women's Olympic marathon champion. Benoit Samuelson still holds the fastest times for an American woman at the Chicago Marathon and the Olympic Marathon.[2] Her time at the Boston Marathon was the fastest time by an American woman at that race for 28 years. She was inducted into the Maine Women's Hall of Fame in 2000.

Early life and Boston Marathon victory[edit]

Born in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, Benoit took to long-distance running to help recover from a broken leg suffered while slaloming. At Bowdoin College she excelled in athletics. In 1977, after two years at Bowdoin, she accepted a running scholarship to North Carolina State, where she began concentrating solely on her running. She earned All-America honors at NC State in both 1977 and 1978, and in 1978 helped lead the Wolfpack to the Atlantic Coast Conference cross-country championship. After returning to Bowdoin to complete her degree, she entered the 1979 Boston Marathon as a relative unknown. She won the race, wearing a Boston Red Sox cap,[3] in 2:35:15, knocking eight minutes off the competition record. She repeated that success with a victory again in 1983, which took more than two minutes off the world's best time, set by Grete Waitz in the London Marathon just the day before, despite having surgery on her Achilles tendons two years earlier. Her Boston course record of 2:22:43, set in 1983, was not broken for another 11 years.[4]

Olympic success and later life[edit]

In March 1984, Benoit injured her knee severely during a 20-mile training run, forcing her to undergo arthroscopic knee surgery just 17 days before the United States Olympic Women's Marathon Trials were scheduled. However, she recovered from the surgery much quicker than expected, and showed up at the trials as the woman to beat. She beat runner-up Julie Brown by 30 seconds, winning in 2:31:04. Three months later, she competed in the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and won the first Olympic Women's Marathon in 2:24:52, several hundred meters ahead of Grete Waitz, Rosa Mota, and Ingrid Kristiansen.[5]

Benoit enjoyed success at non-marathon distances as well, winning the prestigious Falmouth Road Race (7.1 miles) a total of six times (1976, 1978, 1981–1983, and 1985), breaking the course record on four of those occasions.

Although she won the 1985 Chicago marathon, defeating Kristiansen and Mota in an American Record time of 2:21:21 (that would last as the AR for 18 years until broken by Deena Kastor in 2003 in London),[6] Benoit was hampered for some years after her Olympic victory by injuries and struggled to compete in major races. She received the 1985 James E. Sullivan Award as the top amateur athlete in the United States.

Benoit wrote Running Tide (1987) and Running for Women (1995).

In 1998 she founded the Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, a 10 km (6.2 mi) race held in Cape Elizabeth, Maine, each August, going from Crescent Beach State Park to Fort Williams Park and Portland Head Light. The race attracts many of the world's top distance runners. Elite runners often run this race and then, the following weekend, run the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Benoit won that race several times, and ran it last in 2015, finishing as 25th woman and first in her age group.

In 2003, at age 46, Benoit won the Maine half-marathon, defeating a field dominated by runners two decades her junior, and she was faster than all but six men overall, finishing in 1:18. In 2006, she helped pace former cycling champion Lance Armstrong as he competed in the New York City Marathon. At the 2008 US Olympic Team trials, at the age of 50, she finished in 2:49:08, setting a new US 50+ record and beating her personal goal at the time of a mid-2:50s marathon. When she ran the New York City Marathon on November 1, 2009, she broke the 50+ division record with a final time of 2:49:09.[7] On October 10, 2010, she ran 2:47:50 for 43rd place at the Chicago Marathon—the site of her American record a quarter century earlier—missing her goal of qualifying for an eighth Olympic Marathon Team Trials race by 1:50, but recording the fastest-ever performance by a woman over 52. Later that month she ran in the Athens Classic Marathon for fun and finished in 3:02, the slowest time of her career; she was not fully healed from her Chicago performance.[8] In April 2011, Joan competed in the Boston Marathon, completing the course in 2:51:29 and placing 1st in her age group.

Benoit resides in Freeport, Maine.[9] In addition to her running, she currently serves as a coach to women's cross-country and long-distance athletes, and is a motivational speaker and sports commentator. She is featured on the Nike+ iPod system as one of the congratulatory voices. Benoit and husband Scott Samuelson have two children, daughter Abby and son Anders, who are runners in their own right, and shared the running of the 2014 Boston Marathon with their mother.[10]

She was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in 1998, the Maine Women's Hall of Fame in 2000,[11] the National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 2004 and the USATF Masters Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2017, a plaque honoring her was unveiled in the L.A. Memorial Coliseum’s Court of Honor.[12]

Notable achievements[edit]

  • All results regarding marathon, unless stated otherwise
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1978 Bermuda Marathon Bermuda 2nd 2:50:54
1979 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:35:15
1980 Auckland Marathon Auckland, New Zealand 1st 2:31:23
1981 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 3rd 2:30:17
1982 Nike OTC Marathon Eugene, United States 1st 2:26:12
1983 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 1st 2:22:43
1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, United States 1st 2:24:52
1985 Chicago Marathon Chicago, United States 1st 2:21:21
1988 New York City Marathon New York City, United States 3rd 2:32:40
1991 Boston Marathon Boston, United States 4th 2:26:54
1991 New York City Marathon New York City, United States 6th 2:33:49

References[edit]

Records
Preceded by
Norway Grete Waitz
Women's marathon world record holder
April 18, 1983 – April 21, 1985
Succeeded by
Norway Ingrid Kristiansen
Preceded by
Netherlands Marja Wokke
Women's half marathon
world record holder

1981-01-18 – 1982-05-15
Succeeded by
Norway Grete Waitz
Preceded by
Norway Grete Waitz
Women's half marathon
world record holder

1983-09-18 – 1989-03-19
Succeeded by
Norway Ingrid Kristiansen


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