First Woman Athlete to win an Olympic Medal

Charlotte Cooper was an English tennis champion who won the woman’s singles lawn tennis competition at the 1900 Olympic Games. Also the first games that women participated in.

Update from web:
First Female Olympic Medalist: Countess Hélène de Pourtalès. The first female Olympic Games gold medalist is commonly listed as England’s Charlotte Cooper, who won the tennis singles event on July 11th. However, there was a gold medal awarded to another female prior to this on May 22, 1900.

Date: May 22nd 1900
Name(s): Countess Hélène de Pourtalès
Occupation: Swiss Sailor
Location: Paris, France

Date: July 11th 1900
Name(s): Charlotte Cooper
Occupation: Tennis Player
Location: Paris, France


Additional Information:

  • First Female Olympic Gold Medalist – Topend Sports
    Hélène de Pourtalès (born in New York City as Helen Barbey) was a Swiss sailor on the boat Lérina, which won the gold medal in the first race of the 1-2 ton class (which was part of the Olympic program) and silver medal in the second race of 1-2 ton class (part of the Expo program).
  • 1900 Summer Olympics – Wikipedia
    The 1900 Summer Olympics (French: Les Jeux olympiques d’été de 1900), today officially known as the Games of the II Olympiad, was an international multi-sport event which was celebrated in 1900 in Paris, France, and the last Summer Olympics to be held in the 19th century.

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