A new espnW piece spotlights the WSF Chair of the Board, Benita Fitzgerald-Mosley, and her professional role as USA Track and Field’s (USATF) Chief of Sport Performance. Fitzgerald-Mosley, who has served in her WSF leadership position since 2010, won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, becoming the first African-American woman and second American woman, after Babe Didrikson Zaharias in 1932, to accomplish the feat.
Fitzgerald-Mosley was selected by USATF to help guide the sport shortly after the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. Upon facing issues in administration and performance, USATF created a task force to hire someone to pull together coaching, performance, athlete support and anti-doping, in hopes of a solid showing heading into the 2012 London Games. Fitzgerald-Mosley now oversees performance and development programs, Team USA management, elite athlete services, sport science and medicine, coaching education and certification and national championship meet management. A robust list of responsibilities – but nothing for a woman with such credentials and the confidence she undoubtedly acquired through her participation in sports.
"I knew there wasn't anything I couldn't do. I never thought I couldn't be an engineer, a CEO or anything else I set my mind to,” she says.