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    Happy 88th birthday today (Tuesday) to an Olympic champion who competed in two Olympic Games and won a silver medal at the first of those two Games.

    Our birthday athlete won that Olympic gold medal approximately 4,279 miles (6,886 kms) from the place where this champion was born.

    Don't worry about the hurdles when thinking about this person's Olympic event.

    You might remember reading about our birthday individual about ten years ago for something that happened around 30,000' in the air.

    Many athletes are famous for becoming the first to break a certain "barrier" (Bannister in the mile, Dumas in the high jump, etc.), however our birthday person was the second athlete to break a certain barrier.

    You may already know that this athlete did not win the Olympic gold medal in Australia, Asia, or North America.

    Please name our birthday athlete for this second of five Tuesday's in August.

  • #2
    Rome for the gold.
    Shavaladze in HJ

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    • #3
      Shav didn't win silver in Melbourne, but Bill Nieder did, then won gold in Rome. So I say it's Nieder in the SP.
      Last edited by dukehjsteve; 08-10-2021, 08:54 PM.

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      • #4
        Happy 88th birthday today to Bill Nieder. Very well done, dukehjsteve. Yes, Nieder won the silver medal at the 1956 Melbourne Olympic shot put and then the gold in Rome (1960). Bill Nieder was the second man to put the shot past 60' (Parry O'Brien was the first). Nieder was born in New York, but moved to Kansas with his family as a young boy. He graduated from the University of Kansas and while in school, he won the 1955 NCAA shot put championship (57' 3") and finished in second place at the 1956 NCAA meet (Ken Bantum won in 1956).

        Thank you, dukehjsteve and Tuariki.

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        • #5
          Damn! I was sure this was the clue where the athlete won Olympic gold in either Africa or Antarctica!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by dukehjsteve View Post
            Shav didn't win silver in Melbourne, but Bill Nieder did, then won gold in Rome. So I say it's Nieder in the SP.
            Damn, being put down by Duke again. You should stick up for the HJ Duke, even if its wrong . Oh well, at least Rome was right.

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            • #7
              So what happened 30,000 feet up in the air? Heimlach maneuver or something.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by KDFINE View Post
                So what happened 30,000 feet up in the air? Heimlach maneuver or something.
                From his Wikipedia entry:

                Nieder helped subdue a passenger attempting to enter the cockpit of American Airlines flight 1561 headed to San Francisco on Sunday, May 8, 2011. He was 77 years old at the time.
                Read all about it here:

                Yemeni charged in cockpit attack on flight to S.F.
                https://www.sfgate.com/crime/article...-F-2371891.php

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                • #9
                  The obvious moral of the story, is to never attempt a hijacking if there is an Olympic Shot Put champion on board.

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                  • #10
                    From memory: didn’t Nieder challenge Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight title?

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                    • #11
                      As I remember, Nieder boxed only once, lost, and quit boxing. I could be wrong.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by noone View Post
                        From memory: didn’t Nieder challenge Floyd Patterson for the world heavyweight title?
                        No - DoubleRBar has it correct - he had one professional fight - knocked out by James Wiley on May 15, 1961 - never boxed professionally again - https://boxrec.com/en/proboxer/43615

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