Fall 2020: Local Roots, Global Impact: Fredonia’s Olympian Janell Smith Carson

In the mid-1960s, almost a full decade before the banner of Title IX would pave the way for the proliferation of female athletics throughout the country, a wiry, young teenage girl from Fredonia, Kansas, proudly carried a different banner – that of United States Olympian. Janell Smith Carson qualified for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in the 400 meters while still a student at Fredonia High School, despite the fact she had only begun training for that event the previous year.


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