Madeline Manning Mims
Declared an “Olympic Legend” at the 2000 Sydney Summer games, Madeline Manning Mims left her mark on track and field, setting Olympic and World records on her way to gold in the 800 meter event at the 1968 games in Mexico City. Manning Mims, a four-time Olympian who was ranked No. 1 in the world in the 800 meters for three-straight years (1967-69), was introduced to Christ as a young girl living in the Cleveland Projects.
The three-time U.S. Olympic Track captain, who also won a silver medal (1600 meter relay) in 1972 at Munich, began speaking at FCA Boys’ Camps in the early 1980’s and is credited for providing the initiative needed to begin FCA Girls’ Camps. Following her Olympic career, Manning Mims became an ordained minister, formed the U.S. Council for Sports Chaplaincy and served as a U.S. Olympic Committee chaplain for five Olympic Games.