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Pearl

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Mar 26, 2013 9:48 am

Happy birthday today (Tuesday) to an Olympic champion with two Olympic gold medals, the first of which was won at the age of 15 years.

Our birthday athlete turns 76 today and is still alive.

Born the same year the Golden Gate Bridge opened, this athlete carried the 1996 Olympic torch.

This person was 23 when winning the second Olympic gold medal.

For the rest of the clues, you must ask "yes or no" questions. Only one question at a time and it must be answered with a yes or a no.

Good luck and feel free to identify our mystery athlete.
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Re: Pearl

Postby mcgato » Tue Mar 26, 2013 10:53 am

That sounds vaguely like one of the 4x1 Tigerbelles.

Q: Female?
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Re: Pearl

Postby dukehjsteve » Tue Mar 26, 2013 12:01 pm

Helsinki and Rome ?
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Re: Pearl

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Mar 26, 2013 1:36 pm

Yes, she is female.

Yes, she earned gold in Helsinki and Rome.
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Re: Pearl

Postby norunner » Tue Mar 26, 2013 3:51 pm

Barbara Jones, i actually never heard of her until recently when i checked up on the youngest gold medal winners in T&F. I always thought it was Meyfarth 72, turned out i was wrong.
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Re: Pearl

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:15 pm

You got her, norunner. Happy birthday today to Barbara Jones. Barbara is 76 today. Of course you know she won Olympic gold in 1952 at the age of 15 when she ran a great second leg on the U.S. four by 100 relay that set the world record at 45.9 beating the favorites (Australia). Australia had a little trouble on their final handoff and ended up in fifth place.

Barbara was injured four years later and didn't make our team to Melbourne. Australia won that relay in 44.5 (new world record).

In 1960 she ran the third leg on the U.S. team that won the gold medal and tied the world record at 44.5. Most everyone remembers who took the baton from Barbara Jones in Rome. I can tell you that this anchor lady has the same initials as "World Record". By the way, Australia didn't make the finals in that Rome relay.
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Re: Pearl

Postby dukehjsteve » Wed Mar 27, 2013 11:12 am

re the above mini-question, that is too easy to even merit a reply. Little known factoid is that "WR" was on that Melbourne sprint team 4 years before she became famous.
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Re: Pearl

Postby DoubleRBar » Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:11 pm

Good point, dukehjsteve. She did run the third leg on the 1956 Olympic relay team which got the bronze medal. She was the only runner on that team (running in the finals) to also run in the 1960 Rome relay final.
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