Lorraine Lotzof Abramson was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, where she studied early childhood education at the Teachers Training College. A championship runner, she competed in the 1961 and 1965 Maccabi Games in Israel as a member of the South African track team, winning three gold medals. However, her hopes of being on the 1964 South African Olympic Team were shattered when South Africa was expelled from the Olympics due to its apartheid policies. In 1968 she married an American and moved to the United States. She represented the U.S. at the 1973 Maccabi Games.
My Race: A Jewish Girl Growing Up Under Apartheid in South Africa