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Track and field legend Al Oerter dies

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by friend of a friend, Oct 1, 2007.

  1. He was 71.

    He and Carl Lewis the only people to win gold medals in the same sport in four Olympics, I believe.
  2. Webster

    Webster Well-Known Member

    I guess that God needed a discus thrower.
  3. Here's a link

  4. THE biggest Olympic T&F star of my youth.
    He's in the mental hamper with John Thomas, Valeri Brumel, Igor Ter-Ovaneysian, and Parry O'Brien. And Jim McKay, reporting LIVE, via SATELLITE, from Lenin Stadium.
    Those US-USSR meets were great.
  5. Claws for Concern

    Claws for Concern Active Member

  6. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    For us old-timers, Fenian just nailed it.
    Oerter was a larger than life figure in the Olympics and those old US-USSR meets that were so hyped every year.
    He also was a good guy who used to show up now and then a various pressers promoting an indoor meet called the US Olympic Invitaonal that used to be held at The Garden.

    And yes, F of a F, he and Carl Lewis are the only athletes to win the same Olympic T&F event 4 times.
  7. friend of the friendless

    friend of the friendless Active Member

    Sirs, Madames,

    How the hell did he uncork the 2nd longest throw in the world in 1980? That's as impressive as anything he ever did.

    There was a story years back on how one of his Olympic medals was destroyed by some Hollywood idiots who borrowed it for the production of Goldengirl (a gawdawful Susan Anton vehicle).

    YHS, etc
  8. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Great obit by Frank Litzky of the NY Times:

  9. Stone Cane

    Stone Cane Member


    great guy and a good ambassador of the sport for a long time


    very nice piece by Frank
  10. Colton

    Colton Active Member

    RIP. What an amazing athlete.
  11. kingcreole

    kingcreole Active Member

    RIP from a fellow Jayhawk.
  12. boots

    boots New Member

    In his hey day, he was, pardon the pun, good as gold. RIP.
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