The 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles marked the first time in Olympic history that women were able to compete in the Marathon event. Gabriela Andersen-Schiess was one of these women.
While she knew that she would be part of this historic occasion, she didn’t know she would be making history herself. After hours of competing under exhausting conditions in the hot LA sun, the Swiss athlete’s legs began to wane as dehydration started to set in.
Her sheer determination to cross the finish line despite her crippling physical state saw her earn 37th place in the inaugural women’s Olympic marathon. Gabriela’s unwavering perseverance and ability to fight against her own failing body has established this moment as one of the greatest in Olympic history.
Photo courtesy of Jonathan Baker-Bates