Margaret Abbott was the first American woman to win an Olympic event when she won the women's golf tournament at Paris in 1900. Abbott won a porcelain bowl for her first place as these were the only Games where the winners received valuable artifacts instead of medals. Historical research did not establish that the game was on the Olympic programme until after Abbott's death at the age of 78 in 1955, so she herself never knew it. Abbott had traveled to Paris to study art under Edgar Degas and Auguste Rodin. Her mother, Mary Perkins Ives Abbott, a novelist and Chicago Tribune book reviewer, also competed in the event, finishing equal seventh, making it the first - and still only - Olympic event in which a mother and daughter competed at the same time.