to Runner's World Magazine, Joan Benoit
Samuelson is "the greatest American
marathoner in history."
She is the only American woman to have ever
won an Olympic gold medal in the marathon.
She is a pioneer of women's marathoning.
She won the 1979 and 1983 Boston Marathons,
and the 1992 Columbus Marathon. In 1985,
she was awarded the Sullivan Award. Benoit
Samuelson is the American record holder
for the marathon and half marathon.
Benoit Samuelson has never been a fan of
the celebrity that accompanied her running
success. At one time she even told Sports
Illustrated that she considered giving up
the sport so she could be left alone. But
these days, Benoit Samuelson can be found
training in Freeport, Maine, where she resides.