FACT SHEET

  • Anne Abernathy was born April 12, 1953 in Eglin Air Force Base, Florida.
  • Anne is a resident of the United States Virgin Islands.
  • Olympic Country: United States Virgin Islands
  • Anne was the first woman to qualify for six Winter Olympic Games.
  • In the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Anne broke her own record as the oldest woman to ever compete in the Winter Olympic Games (a record she previously set in 2002).
  • In the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, Anne became the first woman over 50 to qualify for the Winter Olympics.
  • During a practice run at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Anne crashed and broke her wrist and her scapula forcing her out of the competition.
  • In the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, Anne became the oldest woman to ever compete in the Winter Olympic Games (a record she would break in the 2006 Winter Games in Torino).
  • Anne is the first woman over the age of 50 to qualify in the Winter Olympic Games.
  • In the 1994 Winter Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway, Anne became the first athlete to create an on-line diary (now known as a "blog") which was an exclusive on AOL.
  • During the 1992 Winter Olympic Games in Albertville, France, Anne became the first athlete to compete with a camera on board. (A feat that was nominated for an Emmy in technical broadcast achievement.)
  • Just prior to her first Olympic appearance in the 1988 Winter Olympic Games in Calgary, Canada, Anne was diagnosed and treated for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (cancer). Although the cancer returned several times during her sports career, her cancer was kept hidden from the public through three Olympic appearances until it was revealed in a front page article of the Washington Post prior to the 1998 Olympic Games in Nagano, Japan.

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