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Harmonica

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Sep 12, 2013 6:44 am

Happy birthday today (Thursday) to an Olympic champion with three Olympic gold medals. Not all three medals were from the same Olympic Games.

This Olympic champion was born on a Wednesday and died on a Wednesday.

The parents of this champion died on consecutive days when our birthday athlete was only 15 years of age.

Our birthday athlete was the ninth of ten children.

You must consider the hurdles when trying to figure our birthday champion's name.

Only 21 years old when winning the first of three Olympic gold medals, this athlete won Olympic gold medals on a Thursday, a Friday, and a Saturday.

Two boys and one girl are the children of this Olympic champion.

There are more than enough clues to name our birthday athlete for today. Who is this person that died at the age of 74?
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Re: Harmonica

Postby gm33 » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:22 am

That's Glenn Davis, the 1956 & 1960 Olympic 400m hurdles champion. He also won gold in the 4x400m relay in Rome. :)

He loved playing harmonica too :wink:
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Re: Harmonica

Postby DoubleRBar » Thu Sep 12, 2013 7:38 am

You got him, gm33. It is Glenn Davis who was born 79 years ago this day in September. Glenn Davis was born 21 years after Jesse Owens (same day) and they both competed for Ohio State University.
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Re: Harmonica

Postby KDFINE » Fri Sep 13, 2013 7:00 am

I got this by the fourth clue but didn't read it until last night.
Actually, Davis was no longer 21 but had already turned 22 prior to his Olympic victory since the '56 Olympics were held in Melbourne toward the end of November.
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Re: Harmonica

Postby DoubleRBar » Fri Sep 13, 2013 1:52 pm

You are correct. He was 22 several weeks before he won the hurdles in November of 1956.
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Re: Harmonica

Postby KDFINE » Sun Sep 15, 2013 10:34 am

If I recall correctly, bronze medalist Josh Culbreath was identified in T&FN as being 23 but he already turned 24 (b.9/14/32). It was "funny" to see Culbreath being referred to as a veteran at an age that we now associate with almost being a newcomer, but that was the age of amateurism. Davis (b. 9/12/34) was retired from track at the ripe old age of 26. As a fan, it is great that athletes can now hang around productively for a longer time.
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Re: Harmonica

Postby Pego » Mon Sep 16, 2013 6:21 am

IIRC, when Big Ten Network published the Big Ten 100 athletes of the 20th century a few years ago, they found no room for Davis among the top 100 :roll: .
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Re: Harmonica

Postby KDFINE » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:48 am

Thanks for that reminder Pego. What a joke that was.
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