GAIL Bought Nails


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GAIL Bought Nails

Postby DoubleRBar » Sun Feb 10, 2013 11:40 am

Happy 73rd birthday today (Sunday) to an Olympic champion. This Olympic gold medalist broke the world record in winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games.

This Olympic champion worked in a post office and was also a pretty good swimmer.

An injury prevented this athlete from competing in a third Olympic Games.

Only 20 years old at this athlete's first Olympic Games, our birthday person placed fourth in those Games.

Our birthday athlete owns a complete set of Olympic medals (gold, silver, and bronze).

Born on a Saturday in February, this champion won Olympic gold on a Wednesday.

The first person to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field (in this athlete's category) from this athlete's country was our birthday athlete.

Unscramble the six capital letters from the title to get a good clue as to who our mystery person is.

With three daughters, our birthday athlete has been retired from track and field for many years now.

Who is this gold medalist with three Olympic medals?
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby bambam » Sun Feb 10, 2013 7:29 pm

Mary Denise Bignal-Rand (-Toomey, -Reese)
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby DoubleRBar » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:28 pm

Very good bambam and happy birthday today to Mary Rand (Reese). Most of you know Mary was fourth in the 1960 women's 80 meter hurdles and then in Tokyo (1964) she won the long jump with a world record, came second in the pentathlon, and took the bronze as part of the UK four by 100 relay team (second leg). Not many athletes have won a complete set of Olympic medals in one Games. Can you name others in track and field?
I understand Mary lives today in central California.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby mcgato » Sun Feb 10, 2013 9:30 pm

I think Jeter got a complete set of medals last year.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby dukehjsteve » Mon Feb 11, 2013 5:32 am

Thane Baker won all 3 in 1956:

100 meters Silver

200 meters Bronze

400 meters relay Gold
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby DoubleRBar » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:40 am

Way to go, mcgato and dukehjsteve. There's two right away.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby LopenUupunut » Mon Feb 11, 2013 12:17 pm

Bevil Rudd did it in 1920... gold in 400, silver in 4x400, bronze in 800.

Pretty sure one of the British distance runners did it in 1900, but I'm blanking on his name.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby DoubleRBar » Mon Feb 11, 2013 2:19 pm

One of my favorites is Bevil Rudd. His grandfather co-founded De Beers Mining Company in South Africa.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby lovetorun » Mon Feb 11, 2013 3:23 pm

Wow, the knowledge you guys have blows me away.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby bambam » Mon Feb 11, 2013 7:59 pm

Here's the complete list - full set of medals in athletics at one Olympic Games (10):

G S B TM Name Gdr NOC Year
2 2 1 5 Walter Tewksbury M USA 1900
1 1 1 3 James B. Connolly M USA 1896
1 1 1 3 Sidney Robinson M GBR 1900
1 1 1 3 Ralph Rose M USA 1904
1 1 1 3 Bevil Rudd M RSA 1920
1 1 1 3 Thane Baker M USA 1956
1 1 1 3 Mary Bignal-Rand F GBR 1964
1 1 1 3 Renate Stecher F GDR 1976
1 1 1 3 Justin Gatlin M USA 2004
1 1 1 3 Carmelita Jeter F USA 2012

And those doing it in individual events only (3):

IG IS IB ITM Name Gdr NOC Year
2 2 1 5 Walter Tewksbury M USA 1900
1 1 1 3 James B. Connolly M USA 1896
1 1 1 3 Ralph Rose M USA 1904
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby DoubleRBar » Mon Feb 11, 2013 8:21 pm

Wow, thanks bambam. It's been a long time since someone did it in individual events only.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby 4:24-miler » Tue Feb 12, 2013 12:06 pm

Darn, I saw the thread title and I thought it was about Gail Devers and her long decorative finger nails! :P
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Feb 12, 2013 7:16 pm

I did too.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby jhc68 » Fri Feb 15, 2013 8:12 am

:D Mary Rand trained at UCSB in the lead-up to the Mexico City games… she was beautiful and stronger and faster than most of the guys on the Gaucho team and sooo nice… we were all secretly in love with her.
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby mump boy » Sat Feb 16, 2013 3:33 am

I met Mary Rand in the summer

I cried !! :? :D
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Re: GAIL Bought Nails

Postby runforlife » Sun Feb 17, 2013 10:56 am

4:24-miler wrote:Darn, I saw the thread title and I thought it was about Gail Devers

I took the oposite direction and thought it was about Gail Young. Both wrong.
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