A Shot In The Dark


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A Shot In The Dark

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:02 am

Happy birthday today (Tuesday) to an Olympic champion who lived to the age of 93 years. Born on a Wednesday, our birthday champion won the third of three Olympic gold medals on a Wednesday.

This birthday athlete carried the flag of this athlete's country during the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games.

Two years after winning Olympic gold medals, our birthday person set a world record.

Our birthday athlete died on a Saturday and set a world record on a Saturday.

If you needed work on your teeth, our birthday athlete was ready to help. This person was a dentist after track and field.

Born the same year Theodore Roosevelt first became the U.S. president, this athlete had nothing to do with the hurdles. You could say this athlete had a lot to do with the field events; at least two of the field events.

Name our birthday athlete who was born 111 years ago this day and died almost 18 years ago.
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Postby Daisy » Tue Sep 25, 2012 8:12 am

Not the answer, but Dallas Long was a dentist too.
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:10 am

You're right, Daisy. Dallas Long is not the answer, but Dallas and our birthday athlete have a lot in common, including being a dentist.
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Postby mikli » Tue Sep 25, 2012 9:31 am

Without Clarence Houser Finland would have two more Olympic golds!
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Re: A Shot In The Dark

Postby DoubleRBar » Tue Sep 25, 2012 10:34 am

Very good, mikli. It is Bud Houser who was born today 111 years ago. Of course, if you know the shot put and/or the discus, you know Bud Houser who won the discus in 1924 and again in 1928 (both times beating throwers from Finland). If it wasn't for Vilho Niittymaa, the U.S. would have gone 1-2-3 in the 1924 Paris Olympic Games.

Houser also won the shot put in Paris.
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