Recall Is To Remember


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Recall Is To Remember

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue May 28, 2013 8:14 am

Born 125 years ago today, our birthday athlete won two Olympic gold medals at the same Olympic Games.

Yes, I know it's been posted before, but this athlete deserves another round of congratulations.

Born near Prague, this athlete had a twin brother named Charlie who died at the age of nine years.

His dad died from gangrene poisoning after a hunting accident.

Our birthday champion was a ballroom dancing champion, too.

Take the first two words in our title, unscramble these two words, and figure the name of the college where our birthday person went to school.

Death came to this athlete at the age of 64 in Los Angeles County.

I know it's not difficult, but go ahead and say happy birthday to??
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Re: Recall Is To Remember

Postby Jackaloupe » Tue May 28, 2013 8:35 am

Jim Thorpe of Carlisle (Indian School).

Thorpe was my own first Decathlon inspiration, as he was still alive in the 40s; followed quickly by Bob Mathias, thanks to "The Bob Mathias Story".

I even got to compete in the AAU Pentathlon in 1960 (3rd against Bill Toomey, who used Thorpe's by then rarely contested event as a springboard to the Decathlon)
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Re: Recall Is To Remember

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue May 28, 2013 9:11 am

Jackaloupe, you got him. It is Jim Thorpe who was born 125 years ago this day (although he had no official birth records). Thorpe has to be one of the most talked-about track and field athletes in history.
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