Emma Reed

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEmma•Reed (-Wright)
Used nameEmma•Reed
Born30 May 1925 in Redwood, Mississippi (USA)
Died4 April 2014 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
Measurements173 cm / 63 kg
AffiliationsTSU Tigers, Nashville (USA)
NOC United States


Emma Reed was a long and high jumper for Tennessee State, whose only international appearance came at the 1948 Olympics in London. In 1948 she was runner-up at the AAU Outdoors in the high jump, and won the AAU Indoor high jump championship. She also won the 1947 AAU Junior title in the high jump.

Reed became a teacher, starting with several years at Barber Scotia College in North Carolina. As Emma Reed-Wright, she moved to Washington, DC, where she taught in the Montgomery County Public School System. After retiring she worked with youth groups in DC. She became an avid tennis player, and also coached in that sport.

Personal Bests: LJ – 18-4¼ [5.59] (1948); HJ – 5-0¾ [1.54] (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Emma Reed
High Jump, Women (Olympic) =14
Long Jump, Women (Olympic) 12