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Look At .......

Postby Double R Bar » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:41 am

Happy 72nd birthday today (Wednesday) to a man who ran in two events in the Olympic Games. He won gold in one of those events. Not many expected him to win the gold medal. Cordner Nelson said of this person's winning effort, "My voice will never be the same again."

Who is this birthday athlete, born 72 years ago today?
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Re: Look At .......

Postby Daisy » Wed Jun 30, 2010 9:45 am

-------? I bet all Americans there were shouting like crazy.

[edit, just looked it up and found I'm right. Self edit since no one else got a chance to even look.
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Postby Double R Bar » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:05 am

I can still remember the exact way I learned that he had won the gold medal. I couldn't believe it.
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Re: Look At .......

Postby Daisy » Wed Jun 30, 2010 10:10 am

Double R Bar wrote:I can still remember the exact way I learned that he had won the gold medal. I couldn't believe it.


It's also one of my favourite ever track and field internet clips.
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Re: Look At .......

Postby lonewolf » Wed Jun 30, 2010 12:56 pm

Harrison Dillard?
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Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:00 pm

Why is everyone playing coy ? Just gives me a chance to hit the tape first with Billy Mills.
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Postby slowcat » Wed Jun 30, 2010 2:57 pm

Daisy-I agree with your comment[s]. I had worked from 7PM to 7AM and was getting a cup of coffee in the cafeteria. A Canadian friend said to me 'Did you hear that an American won the 10,000.' My reply was I didn't think Lindgren could do it. She said it wasn't him. It was a person called Miller or something like that. I said you mean Mills. She said that's it. Man what a shock. Could not have happened to a nicer person.
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Re: Look At .......

Postby Double R Bar » Wed Jun 30, 2010 4:00 pm

Very good dukehjsteve and happy birthday to the only American to win the Olympic 10,000 gold medal, Billy Mills. If you are old enough to remember the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, then you probably remember where you were when you heard that Mills had won the 10,000. There were no heats in the Tokyo Olympic 10,000 and the 5,000 was reached in 14:04.6. The second 5,000 was covered in 14:19.8 and Billy Mills ran the last 400 in 59.8.

If you saw it on television, you probably remember Dick Bank's "Look At Mills!!" Some of you (like Walt Murphy) saw the race in person. I envy you.
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Postby lonewolf » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:09 pm

Billy Mills cannot possibly be 72 years old..., that would make me 79 :shock: :(
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Re: Look At .......

Postby Pego » Wed Jun 30, 2010 6:16 pm

Double R Bar wrote:Very good dukehjsteve and happy birthday to the only American to win the Olympic 10,000 gold medal, Billy Mills. If you are old enough to remember the 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games, then you probably remember where you were when you heard that Mills had won the 10,000. There were no heats in the Tokyo Olympic 10,000 and the 5,000 was reached in 14:04.6. The second 5,000 was covered in 14:19.8 and Billy Mills ran the last 400 in 59.8.

If you saw it on television, you probably remember Dick Bank's "Look At Mills!!" Some of you (like Walt Murphy) saw the race in person. I envy you.


I saw it live on TV.
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