Lois Ann Testa Lynch
Born
Lois Ann Testa

(1935-12-16) December 16, 1935 (age 85)
Pawtucket, Rhode Island, United States
Alma materRhode Island College
Height5 ft 4.5 in (164 cm)

Lois Ann Testa Lynch (born December 16, 1935[1][2]) is an American former athlete and teacher. She represented the United States in the shot put at the 1956 Summer Olympics.

Biography

Lois Ann Testa was born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. She attended Pawtucket East High School, where she competed in swimming, basketball, and badminton.[2][3][4] She attended Rhode Island College.

At the suggestion of Olympian Janet Moreau, Testa began training in track and field at Providence College,[4] and joined the Red Diamond Athletic Club. She won an Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) title in the 1954 outdoor shot put, where she set an AAU record of 42 feet 7 inches.[5] She also won the 1955–1956 AAU title for indoor shot put.[2]

In the 1956 United States Olympic Trials, Testa finished second in the shot put, achieving her personal best distance of 45 feet 6 3/4 inches.[2] She also finished fourth in the discus throw, with a distance of 129 feet 3 inches.[6]

Competing in the shot put at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Testa qualified for the finals and finished 14th.[2][6]

Lois Testa graduated from Rhode Island College in 1957 with a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She worked as a teacher in Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Florida.[4]

She was inducted into the Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame in 1968.[3] In 2000, she was inducted into the Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame.[4]

References

  1. ^ "Lois Ann Testa". International Olympic Committee. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Lois Testa". Sports Reference. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Inductee Details". Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d "Lois Testa Lynch". Rhode Island College Athletic Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on August 18, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  5. ^ "Lois Testa Sets Mark; Hurls Shot 42 Feet 7 Inches for Junior A. A. U. Record". The New York Times. July 31, 1954. p. 7. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
  6. ^ a b Mead Tricard, Louise (January 1, 1996). "1956: The Melbourne Olympic Year". American Women's Track and Field: A History, 1895 Through 1980. 1. McFarland. pp. 362–364. ISBN 9780786402199. Retrieved August 17, 2017 – via Google Books.