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    Happy birthday today (Tuesday) to an Olympic champion who was born on a Monday and died on a Monday at the age of 64.

    This champion competed in two Olympic Games, but never in any of the Olympic hurdles.

    You would have to travel approximately 5,063 miles (8,148 km) to get from our birthday athlete's birthplace to the Olympic stadium where this individual won that Olympic gold medal.

    Our birthday athlete was not born in Australia, Africa, Asia, or South America.

    I am probably giving you the answer when I tell you that this champion won the Olympic gold medal just six days before turning 18 years of age.

    Born 113 years ago today, our birthday athlete competed in the same event at two Olympic Games both on the same continent.

    Please name our birthday person for this third Tuesday of July.
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    Born 1906, won 1924, also competed 1928. Probably American. Cannot get further than that.
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    Olli, you are correct on the years and the nationality.
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    Lee Barnes
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    Very good, LopenUupunut. Lee Barnes was born 113 years ago today in Salt Lake City. He was still 17 years old when he won the Olympic pole vault in Paris (1924). He died three days after Christmas some 49 years ago. You may remember that Barnes pole vaulted into a second story window as a stunt-double for Buster Keaton in the movie "College". Buster Keaton pretty much did all of his own movie stunts, but vaulting into a second story window called for an Olympic champion which Keaton was not.
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