Walnuts in Those Hills


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Walnuts in Those Hills

Postby DoubleRBar » Mon Nov 25, 2013 7:54 am

Happy birthday today (Monday) to an Olympic champion who was born on a Wednesday 110 years ago today.

Our birthday star died on a Wednesday about 37 years ago at the age of 72.

Don't worry about the hurdles when trying to come up with the name of this champion.

You can also forget about any of the weight events when thinking about this person.

I can tell you that our birthday individual went to the University of Michigan and was very interested in bowling.

This athlete was only 20 years old when winning the gold medal at the Olympic Games on a Tuesday in July.

A NCAA champion and a world record holder (the year after winning Olympic gold), this champion athlete was very talented.

Name this gold medalist.
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Re: Walnuts in Those Hills

Postby dukehjsteve » Mon Nov 25, 2013 1:41 pm

By the process of elimination I'll take a shot at Jackson Scholz, 200 champ in '24. Don't know about the NCAA champ part or the Michigan part, or even the WR part but still a half decent guess here. Also wrote good juvenile sports fiction.

Edit to add: Just looked it up... I'm wrong !
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Re: Walnuts in Those Hills

Postby DoubleRBar » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:39 pm

Jackson Scholz was a good guess, but Scholz was six years older than our birthday person. Jackson Scholz did compete and win a gold medal at the same Olympics as our birthday athlete.
In fact, it might have been a very interesting race between Scholz and our birthday individual over 200 meters at the Olympics.
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Re: Walnuts in Those Hills

Postby LopenUupunut » Mon Nov 25, 2013 2:44 pm

DeHart Hubbard?
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Re: Walnuts in Those Hills

Postby DoubleRBar » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:32 pm

LopenUupunut, you got him. It is DeHart Hubbard who was born 110 years ago today. Nice job. Of course you know that Hubbard won the long jump in Paris and was a pretty decent sprinter as well. He died just a few weeks before the start of the Montreal Olympic Games in 1976.
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Re: Walnuts in Those Hills

Postby Mighty Favog » Mon Nov 25, 2013 3:34 pm

The title clue refers to Walnut Hills HS in Cincinnati, Hubbard's hometown.
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Re: Walnuts in Those Hills

Postby DoubleRBar » Mon Nov 25, 2013 9:57 pm

Yes, it does, Mighty Favog.
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