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    Happy birthday today (Saturday) to an Olympic champion who competed in one Olympic Games and died at the age of 23.

    Our birthday athlete was born and died just several miles apart and won that Olympic gold medal in the same continent in which this person was born.

    You might know that this champion shares the same initials as a famous NFL running back who twice led the NFL in rushing.

    Born 110 years ago today, our birthday athlete did not win the Olympic gold in any of the throwing events.

    Who is our Olympic champion for this final Saturday in July?
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    George Saling
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    Excellent, LopenUupunut. It is George Saling who was born 110 years ago today. Saling won the 1932 Los Angeles Olympic 110 hurdles. His birthday today marks one year for every meter of his Olympic race in winning that gold medal.

    His first love was basketball, but a track coach saw Saling going over some hurdles and knew this athlete had some ability. Saling went on to set a new 110 hurdles record at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa. Check out the 110 hurdles being run in Des Moines this weekend. It should be interesting. Will the winner this weekend go on to an Olympic gold medal next year in Tokyo?

    George Saling was killed in a car accident in Missouri some eight months after he won that Olympic gold medal in Los Angeles.
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    "Kiss me mother dear" Those were the last words from George Saling to his mother in hospital 5 minutes before he died. According to St. Louis Post Dispatch articles ( April 15 and 16, 1933) Saling was driving to Maplewood, Mo to give a exhibition on hurdling to the high school athletes at the annual Maplewood Relays, one of the largest high school relays in the country. Around 11:15 PM in a steady rain he plowed into a cattle truck which ran out of gas and was pulled half way off road and half way on the shoulder. As Saling rounded turn saw a flare and a man waving his arms before he saw the truck .The car struck the truck on the left driver's door and Saling was crushed by the steering wheel breaking five ribs and rupturing his lung and pushing heart to right side. He was conscious when he arrived at hospital and parents were notified and made it to hospital before he died.

    Where is bambam? Saling died about 253-255 days after winning gold medal at LA. I know he has STATS on the shortest time from winning OG medal and death with Kiviat probably being the longest living OG medalist.

    Saling was in Law School at U of Iowa when he was killed.

    Anyone know of other track and field OG medalist who died sooner than Saling?
    Maybe dj has the answer?
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    Here are all the Olympic medalists in athletics who died in the year of their medal or the next year:

    Ivo Van Damme BEL ATH 1976 1,500 metres 1976 0
    Ivo Van Damme BEL ATH 1976 800 metres 1976 0
    Étienne Desmarteau CAN ATH 1904 56-pound Weight Throw 1905 1
    Alfred Tysoe GBR ATH 1900 5,000 metres, Team 1901 1
    Alfred Tysoe GBR ATH 1900 800 metres 1901 1
    Kostas Tsiklitiras GRE ATH 1912 Standing High Jump 1913 1
    Kostas Tsiklitiras GRE ATH 1912 Standing Long Jump 1913 1
    Bronisław Malinowski POL ATH 1980 3,000 metres Steeplechase 1981 1
    Ralph Rose USA ATH 1912 Shot Put 1913 1
    Ralph Rose USA ATH 1912 Shot Put, Both Hands 1913 1
    George Saling USA ATH 1932 110 metres Hurdles 1933 1
    John B. Taylor USA ATH 1908 1,600 metres Medley Relay 1908 0
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    Thank you, bambam, and welcome back!
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    Yes, Welcome back. Your expertise is needed. Having been recuperating from a ? sacro-iliac
    joint tear that was pretty bad from just twisting oin a "normal" turn around move, I have plenty of time to work puzzles and do history research. Any advice from Ortho to Neurologist colleague on exercises to work this out. I had just ran master's 800 m two days earlier (all contestants were 8-19 yrs old) in my heat but I didn't get lapped and broke 4:00 min.


    It looks like 3 of your tragic OG medalists died of typhoid fever, and three died in car accident, with meningitis in one and "pleurisy" in another.
    Jack Taylor holds the unfortunate record of living only 4 months and 7 days after his gold medal in London in 1908. Saling looks like he may be fourth on list with Van Dammee being second in less than 5 months and Tsiklitiras dying less than 7 months after 1912 medal.

    Thanks again for the valuable and important (for track fans only) information.
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