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    Happy 75th birthday today (Thursday) to an Olympic champion who was born approximately 950 miles (1,528 km) from the site where this athlete would win that Olympic gold medal.

    Our birthday athlete was a Tiger.

    Most of you already know that today is the anniversary of D-Day (75th).

    This Olympic champion was born just four years after the 75th anniversary of the end of the American Civil War.

    Of course no hurdles were involved in our birthday athlete's Olympic gold medal, but this gold medal did come with a world record.

    I could give several other clues about this athlete, but I will just say, "Who is this Olympic champion with a birthday on the first Thursday of June?"
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    Born 1944, so perhaps an American who won in Mexico. Evans and Beamon made world records there. My guess: Lee Evans.
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    No, Lee Evans was born in February about three years after our birthday athlete, but you did come extremely close, Olli. Try again (Not Beamon either).
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    Maybe a "Tigerbelle" born in 1944.
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    No, not a Tigerbelle. So far, Olli is closer to the correct answer. Our birthday athlete competed in only one Olympic Games, but is remembered in history.
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    Tommie Smith
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    Happy 75th birthday today to Tommie Smith. Very good, thedoorknobbroke. Tommie Smith, of course, won the 200 in Mexico City, however he was not born in 1967.
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    Since (A) does not disqualify for record purposes, TS was first to run legal 200 under 20s (19.83)
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    In what sense is Tommie Smith a Tiger?
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    Tommie Smith went to Lemoore High School in California. Lemoore High is known as the "Tigers".
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