Happy birthday today (Wednesday) to an Olympic gold medalist who turns 45 years this day in December. This champion holds the national record for the nation this athlete represented in winning the Olympic gold medal.
Our birthday person won gold, not only at the Olympic Games, but also at the World Championships, the NCAA Championships, the World Indoor Championships, and the World Cup.
When talking about our birthday athlete, you might say "Field and Track". This champion shares the same initials as another Olympic champion from the same Olympic Games. Both champions won their gold medals off the track.
Enough clues. You know this person. Now name our Olympic gold medalist born 45 years ago today.
Daisy, you are good. Happy 45th birthday today to Charles Austin, the American record holder in the men's high jump (2.40) and the 1996 Olympic gold medalist in the high jump.
Now, what other person with the same initials won Olympic gold in Atlanta? Do you want some hints?
This person is three years younger than Charles Austin and will celebrate a 42nd birthday on Christmas Day. Also, this athlete was the first from their nation to win an Olympic gold medal in track and field.
We are talking about a women's field event. The favorite going into the 1996 Atlanta Olympics was an American who already owned an Olympic gold and an Olympic bronze medal in this field event.
This American athlete was suffering from a hamstring injury. The woman with the same initials as Charles Austin is from Africa. She just missed making the women's 100 meter final in Atlanta (won by Gail Devers).
The African lady with the same initials as Charles Austin was suspended for four years in 1992 for drug usage. She was also banned from her country's soccer team as well as the track and field team.
She used her great speed to win the gold medal on her first jump (there's a hint). The American jumper made her best leap on her last effort (sixth jump) to move to third place. That bronze medal was her last Olympic medal of her great career (six Olympic medals).
Like Charles Austin, this Olympic champion's first name begins with "Ch". Her last name, like Charles Austin, contains six letters.
That would be the little girl from, I believe,Nigeria, whom I had never heard of. I worked that event but cannot recall her a name. I do remember it started with an A and that Fiona May of Italy was 2nd and JJK third.