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    Our birthday boy today (Monday) won a silver medal in the 1976 Montreal Olympic Games. He turns 52 years old this day. An American won the gold in this field event. The silver medalist later wrote a book with the word "Free" in the title of the book. Who is our birthday subject today?

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      Wolfgang Schmidt?
      "A beautiful theory killed by an ugly fact."
      by Thomas Henry Huxley

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        Wolfgang Schmidt is 52 today. You got it.

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          Originally posted by Rob
          He is also the only athlete (I can think of) who has competed separately for both the DDR and (subsequently) the BRD (GDR and FRG).
          Remember J├╝rgen May ?

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              Originally posted by Rob
              Forgot about him!

              Probably because when he first competed in Tokyo, it was still a combined German Team (no separate GDR & FRG teams)
              how on earth did west & east germany manage to agree upon the composition of a "3 competitor/event" team as late as '64 ???

              i'da thought they woudn't have been able to agree upon a team for '48 let alone '64 !!!

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                I believe North and South Korea will field one team for the Beijing Olympics in two years.

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                  silver in Montreal

                  As a corollary to Rob's note on Jurgen May - he DID compete for the GDR - at the 1966 Europeans. He would have competed for FRG in the 1969 Europeans, but the GDR complained - May was barred from competing, and the entire FRG team withdrew in protest !

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by eldrick
                    i'da thought they woudn't have been able to agree upon a team for '48 let alone '64 !!!
                    GDR and FRG didn't even exist in 1948 - Germany was still under the allies' occupation at that time. And Germany was banned from international competition at that time. I imagine the concept of one German team competing without national flags or anthems wasn't their own idea, either.
                    Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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