Gail Devers is a former American olympic track and field athlete. A young talent in the 100 m and 100 m hurdles, Devers was in training for the 1988 Summer Olympics, started experiencing health problems, suffering from among others migraine and vision loss. In 1990, she was diagnosed with Graves' disease and underwent radioactive iodine treatment followed by thyroid hormone replacement therapy.
A two-time Olympic champion in the 100 meters for the USA, at the time, her 1996 win made her only the second woman to successfully defend an Olympic 100m title. She won a third Olympic gold medal in the 4 × 100 m relay in 1996. She is also the 1993 World champion in the 100m and a three-time World champion in the 100m hurdles. At one point early in her career she was diagnosed with a rare disease causing her to be bed ridden. It was only when they gave up on raditiaon treatment that she was miracously cured and went on to become an olympic legend.
In 2011, she was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.The following year she was elected into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. In November 2012, Devers was announced as a 2013 recipient of the NCAA Silver Anniversary Award, presented annually to six distinguished former college student-athletes on the 25th anniversary of the end of their college sports careers