Happy 43rd birthday today (Monday) to an Olympic champion who also owns an Olympic bronze medal in the same event.
Born on a Wednesday 43 years ago today, this champion was only 21 years old when winning the Olympic gold medal.
Our birthday athlete won the Olympic gold medal 68 years after another athlete, with the same initials as our birthday person, won Olympic gold. This older athlete did not compete in the same event as our birthday champion.
You might know some other people sharing the same initials as our birthday athlete. One is a 47 year old ex-boxer. Another was a person who married a man that later became U.S. president. A third was a singer called the "Velvet Fog". A fourth was an actress born 76 years ago this year (That Girl).
This birthday athlete also owns a World Championship gold medal and two World Championship silver medals. Not only that, but our birthday athlete's collection also includes two World Championship bronze medals, a World Junior silver medal, and a World Indoor bronze medal.
Remember that older athlete who won Olympic gold some 68 years before our birthday champion? Well, this older athlete was also 21 years old when winning the Olympic gold medal. Not only that, but both athletes (birthday person and the older champion) won their Olympic gold medals on the seventh day of the month. The older athlete also won two Olympic bronze medals. Both people won their Olympic gold medals on the same continent (68 years apart).
The Olympic cities in which these two athletes won Olympic gold are about 644 miles apart or 1,036 kilometers.
An actor named Giovan D'Angelo (born Juan Luis Lopez) was born the same day, same month, and same year as our birthday athlete. This actor was born in the same city where our birthday athlete won the Olympic gold medal.
On the same day that our birthday athlete was born, the United States Environmental Protection Agency began operation.
Don't concern yourself with the hurdles, the shot put, the javelin, or the steeplechase when trying to figure our birthday athlete's name. One of these event does belong to the person with the same initials who won Olympic gold 68 years before our birthday person.
Who is this athlete? Can you name our birthday person for this first Monday of December? Please feel free to try.