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Valerie Brisco-Hooks

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameValerie Ann•Brisco-Hooks
Used nameValerie•Brisco-Hooks
Born6 July 1960 in Greenwood, Mississippi (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 62 kg
AffiliationsTiger World Class Athletic Club/West Coast Athletic Club
NOC(s) United States


After her brother Robert was shot on a running track in Los Angeles, Valerie Brisco took up running in his honor. Initially a fairly unremarkable runner, she married NFL player Alvin Hooks and gave birth to a son. She then put herself through gruelling daily 12-hour training sessions, culminating in two wins at the US Olympic Trials, qualifying for the 200 and 400 m. In Los Angeles, she peaked, and won three Olympic gold medals. She became the first woman to win the 200 and 400 m at the same Olympics, and added a third gold in the relay. She never managed to reach the same level as in 1984, but won a World Championship bronze in 1987 and Olympic silver in 1988, both in the 4×400 m relay. She retired from track and field in 1991.

Personal Bests: 200 – 21.81 (1984); 400 – 48.83 (1984).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics 200 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  400 metres, Women Olympic 1 Gold
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Women Olympic United States 1 Gold
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics 400 metres, Women Olympic 4 Representing United States     as Valerie Brisco
  4 × 400 metres Relay, Women Olympic United States 2 Silver

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1984 Summer Olympics 6 August 1984 Athletics 400 metres, Women Final 48.83 1
1984 Summer Olympics 9 August 1984 Athletics 200 metres, Women Final 21.81 1
1984 Summer Olympics 11 August 1984 Athletics 4 × 400 metres Relay, Women Final 3:18.29 1

Special Notes