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    Quote Originally Posted by LopenUupunut View Post
    Ritola
    I knew you would get it, LopenUupunut - Nurmi won 5 gold medals at the 1924 Olympics and Ritola won 4, to along with Kraenzlein, Owens, Blankers-Koen, and Lewis as winners of 4 gold medals at 1 Olympic Games.
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    So missing only 2 things - 1) the first woman to win 3 gold medals at 1 Olympics, and 2) US female swimmer who won 12 medals in 12 events to tie Nurmi.

    I actually had one more question but I'll just give it to you since it was the hardest one, and nobody was gonna get it:

    Q17. How many track & field Olympians have competed in an event that finished on their birthday (+/- 3)? Bonus: who did it twice (only 1)?

    42
    Hermann Wraschtil (AUT) competed in the 1,500 metres and the 2,500 metre steeplechase on his 20th birthday, 15 July 1900.
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    Yes, Ritola in 1924.
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    Would the U.S. swimmer be Natalie Coughlin?
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    Quote Originally Posted by DoubleRBar View Post
    Would the U.S. swimmer be Natalie Coughlin?
    Very good, DoubleRBar - get the hint now - cough - lot of it going around this time of year?

    Natalie Coughlin and Paavo Nurmi competed in 12 Olympic events and won 12 medals, the all-time record for most events, winning a medal in all of them.

    One left which I thought was relatively easy - the first woman to exactly 3 gold medals at a single Olympic Games in T&F. Hint: 8 years later, she came back and won another gold in another event. (that will give it away, but I'm traveling tomorrow and have to end this)
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    Quote Originally Posted by bambam1729 View Post
    One left which I thought was relatively easy - the first woman to exactly 3 gold medals at a single Olympic Games in T&F.
    I think it is one of the Aussie women, but I'm at a loss for a name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgato View Post
    I think it is one of the Aussie women, but I'm at a loss for a name.
    That's correct
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcgato View Post
    I think it is one of the Aussie women, but I'm at a loss for a name.
    Same thing here. And it happened already in my time -56/64, I think. Stupid senility.
    "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
    by Thomas Henry Huxley
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    Betty Cuthbert.
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    Another hint - she died less than 6 months ago. Also think of a novel by Peter Lear (ATFS Member Peter Lovesey) and a movie based on it starring Susan Anton.
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