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  • Al Oerter Almost Dies

    Thanks for subscriber Dave Grantges for pointing us towards this item from a few months back, which escaped our (and just about everybody else's it would seem) notice.

    http://www.news-press.com/news/columnis ... nncol.html

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    Kind of makes you think, eh?

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    • #3
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      Think what? That I don't want serious heart problems? You got it.

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        Exactly.

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          my god he's nearly 70...that's what makes me think...

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            And he could still kick your ass! :-)

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              If he could curl 345Lbs I don't doubt it for a second!

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                I think I'm more impressed that he seems to have five more lives to go . . .

                1. Hit by a car when he was about 6 or 7.
                2. Slipped on a rock at Bear Mountain in New York and stopped by a boulder from going over a cliff.
                3. A sleeping passenger in a car making its way at night over a hilly, two-lane road in Missouri. when the car slams into another car and he's fhrown through the windshield. Doctors told Oerter that the injury came within a whisker of cutting his jugular vein.
                4. This incident.

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                  Nice to think he might have another 5 lives. One of the most respected figures in British athletics was the late Ron Pickering. A fine coach (of Lynn Davies, 64 OG long jump winner, among others), father of Sean (excellent shot putter), TV commentator for many years, and frequent host (with his wife Jean - 54 European LJ winner) to visiting athletes. Revered by many, Ron had few heros - but Oerter was one of them, and I remember hi talking about meeting Oerter on occasional visits to Britain (once in 64 for the London-NY meeting, and after his career on a visit to Wimbledon (for the tennis), where big Al almost melted in the heat. A great athlete, and with his amiability towards other throwers (Rink Babka in particular), a great human being

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