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Ivy League

Postby LopenUupunut » Wed Jun 05, 2013 8:41 am

Happy 79th birthday today (Wednesday) to an Olympic silver medallist.

This athlete competed in the Olympics twice. Placing second the first time and fifth four years later, today's birthday athlete was not the top American on either occasion. T&FN ranked this athlete #2 once, #3 once, #4 once and #5 once, but never #1.

This athlete's son also became an athlete and qualified for both Olympic and World Championship finals.

Name our birthday athlete.
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Re: Ivy League

Postby Bruce Kritzler » Wed Jun 05, 2013 9:11 pm

Charlie Jenkins ?
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Re: Ivy League

Postby rhymans » Wed Jun 05, 2013 10:11 pm

The question is misleading - not only was he not the top American, he wasn't American at all, though he did attend an Ivy League college.
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Re: Ivy League

Postby LopenUupunut » Thu Jun 06, 2013 12:42 am

As usual, rhymans has nailed it :)

Bruce Kritzler (and everyone else), keep trying!
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Re: Ivy League

Postby jmd » Thu Jun 06, 2013 3:42 am

Second in Melbourne, fifth in Rome, is it Einarsson,
the Iceland triple-jumper ?
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Re: Ivy League

Postby LopenUupunut » Thu Jun 06, 2013 4:13 am

Well done, jmd, and belated happy birthday to Vilhjálmur Einarsson.

He studied at Dartmouth College and surprised many by winning the silver in 1956, nine centimeters behind Brazil's defending champ Adhemar Ferreira da Silva. (That was Iceland's first Olympic medal, and still one of only two in our sport.) He placed third in the Euro Champs two years later, and fifth in the Olympics in 1960 - with a mark that would have won in 1956.

His son, Einar Vilhjálmsson, placed sixth in the javelin in Los Angeles '84 and ninth in Tokyo '91. They must be one of very few father-son pairs to currently hold national records. (Yes, Vilhjálmur Einarsson's 16.70 from 1960 is still the Icelandic NR!)
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