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    Happy birthday today to Al Joyner, winner of the...

    Happy birthday today to Al Joyner, winner of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic men's triple jump. Al turns 60 today and Los Angeles was his only Olympics (just like Joan Benoit). Nice work, tandfman. ...
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    I'll admit, the wolves are a bit tricky, but your...

    I'll admit, the wolves are a bit tricky, but your guess of Joan Benoit isn't too bad, Olli. Joan Benoit is about three years older than our birthday athlete, however she did win her Olympic gold...
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    One And Done

    Happy 60th birthday today (Sunday) to an Olympic champion who competed in only one Olympic Games and won a total of one Olympic gold medal.

    You probably already know that our birthday athlete did...
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    Ville Ritola it is, tandfman. Very good. Yes,...

    Ville Ritola it is, tandfman. Very good. Yes, Selma and Liisa were his wives, Olli. Ritola ran in the "shadow" of Paavo Nurmi during the 1920's, but still won four gold medals at his first...
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    Selma and Liisa

    Happy birthday today (Saturday) to an Olympic champion who was born on a Saturday 124 years ago and died on a Saturday at the age of 86.

    This champion had citizenship in two different countries.
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    Happy 80th birthday today to Kip Keino and very...

    Happy 80th birthday today to Kip Keino and very well done, Olli. It is Kip Keino who was born in Africa and competed in the Olympics in Asia, North America, and Europe. Yes, his wife's name is...
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    Spy Hill

    Happy birthday today (Friday) to an Olympic champion who was born 80 years ago today and went on to win four Olympic medals in three Olympic Games.

    This champion competed in four different events...
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    Janusz Kusocinski it is, bambam1729. Good work....

    Janusz Kusocinski it is, bambam1729. Good work. Kusocinski won the 10,000 in 1932 (same year Dean Smith was born) at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He ran the second fastest 10,000 ever with...
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    Happy 88th birthday today to Dean Smith. Smith,...

    Happy 88th birthday today to Dean Smith. Smith, as you may remember, ran the lead off leg on the winning four by 100 relay team in Helsinki (1952). Dean Smith also ran the 100 where he was fourth...
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    That is true, thedoorknobbroke.

    That is true, thedoorknobbroke.
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    Neither athlete competed in the Rome Olympics. I...

    Neither athlete competed in the Rome Olympics. I can tell you that one of our birthday athletes was 20 years old when winning the Olympic gold medal and the other person was 25 when winning the...
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    Just Keep Different Strides

    Happy birthday today (Wednesday) to two Olympic champions with a total age today of 201 years.

    One of our birthday people was 25 years old when the other athlete was born.

    These two both won...
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    The Olympic Trials in June (5 months away) will...

    The Olympic Trials in June (5 months away) will be fun.
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    I wonder how high Simone Biles could jump.

    I wonder how high Simone Biles could jump.
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    Happy 68th birthday today to John George Walker,...

    Happy 68th birthday today to John George Walker, winner of the 1976 Montreal 1,500. Very well done, Olli. Walker also ran the 800 in Montreal, but did not make that final.

    In Los Angeles...
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    Paul and Ringo

    Happy 68th birthday today (Sunday) to an Olympic champion who did not win that medal in the hurdles.

    Our birthday athlete did win that Olympic gold medal approximately 8,935 miles (14,381 km) from...
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    Brumel was more than likely aiming at the...

    Brumel was more than likely aiming at the basketball rim. This jumper was simply aiming at the ball. That's why I said "maybe even more so than Brumel".
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    I always have very mixed feeling about that idea....

    I always have very mixed feeling about that idea. As a historian, I would hate to see that part of track & field history gone (jumping off one leg), but on the other hand, changes are a part of the...
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    Very impressive and maybe even more so than...

    Very impressive and maybe even more so than Brumel, although I never saw slow-motion photography of Brumel's basketball rim jump.
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    Thank you, Olli.

    Thank you, Olli.
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    Your coach at BYU had to be Clarence Robison. I...

    Your coach at BYU had to be Clarence Robison. I believe the track at BYU is named for him.
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    Yes it was. She broke the world record twice...

    Yes it was. She broke the world record twice (rounds 3 & 5) in winning the 1968 Olympic gold medal.
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    Happy birthday today to Bill Toomey (81) and...

    Happy birthday today to Bill Toomey (81) and Claudia Losch (60). Nice going, Olli and tandfman. You know that Toomey won the 1968 decathlon and Losch won the 1984 women's shot put.

    I believe a...
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    Beautiful Track Champions Lead

    Happy birthday today (Friday) to two Olympic champions with a total age of 141 years.

    These two champions were born approximately 3,840 miles (6,179 km) from each other.

    The older athlete was...
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    Yes, Quarrie gave the baton to this anchorman. ...

    Yes, Quarrie gave the baton to this anchorman. Don Quarrie was 33 in Los Angeles (1984).
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