Happy birthday today (Saturday) to an Olympic champion who was born 103 years ago today. Our birthday athlete competed in two Olympic Games and won the gold medal in the second of those two Games.
This person won the first Olympic gold medal in track and field for the nation this athlete represented. Our birthday Olympian won the gold medal on Cordner Nelson's 18th birthday.
At Fairlie School, our birthday individual played rugby and was a swimmer. At Timaru Boys' High School, this athlete was a boxer.
The father of our birthday star died when this athlete was only 13 years old. At the University of Otago, this athlete became a very good track and field star.
As a Rhodes Scholar, our birthday person studied medicine. This athlete had knee problems and was later thrown from a horse and remained unconscious for about two days.
Finishing in seventh place at this athlete's first Olympic Games, our birthday person broke the world record in the next Olympic Games and won the Olympic gold medal.
Death came to this champion on the 93rd anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson's birth. Our Olympian had two daughters, one of which is still alive today and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Born in Crushington, this champion was a Major during World War II. Our birthday person married in the same year that World War II ended.
Eight days before our person's 40th birthday, an accident ended the life of this Olympic champion. There is still some questions about this accident.
Hurdles have nothing to do with this gold medalist and you can forget the field events for today's athlete. It's not a difficult one to figure, so go ahead, don't waste time, and give the correct answer.