Jasmine Camacho-Quinn is the first ever Afro-Latina athlete representing Puerto Rico to win a gold medal at the Olympics. At the same time, she is the second Puerto Rican athlete to win an Olympic gold medal.
Camacho-Quinn specializes in the 100-meter hurdles. Here are 13 more things about her:
- She was born in Ladson, South Carolina, United States to James Quinn and María Milagros Camacho, who both competed in athletics in Baptist College in Charleston, South Carolina, which was later renamed Charleston Southern University.
- She first tried hurdles in eighth grade.
- She is 7 years younger than her brother Robert Quinn, who made his National Football League debut in 2011.
- She is 5’8″ tall. Her registered weight is 161 lbs.
- From 2015 to 2018, she attended the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky, USA where she earned her bachelor’s degree in community and leadership development.
- On May 12, 2016, she finished first in 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Southeastern Conference (SEC) Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA.
- She finished first in 100-meter hurdles both at the 2016 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which was held in Eugene, Oregon, USA from June 8-11, 2016, and at the 9th North American, Central American and Caribbean Athletic Association (NACAC) Under-23 Championships in Athletics, which was held in San Salvador, El Salvador from July 15-17, 2016.
- She represented Puerto Rico in women’s 100-meter hurdles at the 2016 Summer Olympics, which took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5-21, 2016. She was disqualified in the semifinals and did not advance to the final round.
- She finished second in 100-meter hurdles at the 2017 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon.
- She finished first in 100-meter hurdles at the 2018 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Oregon.
- From January 2018 to May 2018, she was a volunteer student mentor at the Lexington Traditional Magnet School.
- She finished first in 100-meter hurdles at the 2021 Golden Gala Pietro Mennea-Diamond League Event in Florence, Italy.
- She was 24 years old and a Nike athlete when she competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan. On August 2, 2021, she won gold in women’s 100-meter hurdles.