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Kim Gallagher

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKimberly Ann "Kim"•Gallagher
Used nameKim•Gallagher
Born11 June 1964 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died18 November 2002 in Oreland, Pennsylvania (USA)
Measurements165 cm / 47 kg
AffiliationsPuma and Energizer Track Club/Los Angeles Track Club
NOC(s) United States


Kim Gallagher was born near Philadelphia and started track when she accompanied her brother, Bart, to his track club. By the time she was 16, she had set the US high school record in the 800, and finished 8th in the 1980 Olympic Trials over 800 metres. Gallagher briefly attended the University of Arizona but left because she was unable to attend school and train at a world-class level. In 1984, in addition to her Olympic silver medal, she was U.S. champion at both 800 and 1,500 metres. She was dogged by illnesses throughout her life, contracting colon cancer shortly after her 1988 Olympic bronze medal effort. She initially refused doctor’s recommendations of chemotherapy and treated her cancer with vitamins, diet and rest, which was initially effective, but cancer recurred in 1994. Confined to a wheelchair in her last year, still in her 30s, she died from a stroke.

Personal Bests: 200 – 24.45 (1985); 400 – 52.44 (1985); 800 – 1:56.91 (1988); 1500 - 4:03.29 (1988); Mile – 4:36.94 (1982); 3000 – 9:19.67 (1981); 5000 – 16:34.7 (1979).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1984 Summer Olympics Athletics 800 metres, Women Olympic 2 Silver Representing United States    
1988 Summer Olympics Athletics 800 metres, Women Olympic 3 Bronze Representing United States    
  1,500 metres, Women Olympic 11