Anita DeFrantz: Olympic rower & Penn Law graduate
Anita Lucette DeFrantz participated in her first Olympic games while studying at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Competing in the 1976 Montreal Olympics as a member of the U.S. women’s eight-oared shell, she won a bronze medal and graduated with a J.D. from Penn Law the following year. A member of the USOC since 1976, DeFrantz became the first woman and the first African American to represent the United States on the International Olympic Committee and later was elected to serve as the IOC’s first female vice president. As she continues on the IOC board, her activities include serving as chair of the Commission on Women and Sports.