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Anita Luceete DeFrantz

February 5, 2010

Born in Philadelphia in 1952, Anita Luceete DeFrantz captained the women’s U.S. rowing team in the 1976 Montreal games, winning a bronze medal in this first ever women’s Olympic rowing event. One year later, she graduated from Penn’s Law School. She’s been a staunch advocate of women’s athletics, international competition, and youth sports, becoming the first woman and first African American to represent the U.S. on the International Olympic Committee, and serving as the president of the LA84 Foundation. Sports Illustrated for Women ranked her #56 of the Top 100 greatest female athletes.

See the above links,, and ESPN for additional information.

Brian Peterson
SEAS ’93, GSE ’97

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