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    Happy birthday today (Thanksgiving) to an Olympic champion who was born on a Wednesday 118 years ago and died on a Wednesday at the age of 72.

    Our birthday person did not compete in the Olympic hurdles, however this individual did participate in two Olympic Games and won the Olympic gold medal at the first of those two Games.

    You might be interested to know that this athlete set a world record about eleven months after winning the Olympic gold medal in the same event.

    Another Olympic champion, in the same event as our birthday athlete, qualified for the Olympic Games just two days after our birthday champion died.

    Three key words that might give you some clues for our birthday Olympian are "Walnut", "Bowler", and "Tigers" (and you don't have to unscramble them).

    The person named in the title of this thread was born in the same city as our birthday athlete.

    This person (in the title) was born the same month as our birthday champion, but eight years later.

    "Trigger", "Dale", and "Bullet" are three key words that may help you discover who this "title" person is.

    Can you name our birthday athlete on this Thanksgiving Day?

    Please have a great Thanksgiving, enjoy your day, and give thanks for our sport.

    Good luck.


  • #2
    I cannot make much of the clues, but the "Another Olympic Champion" must have qualified for the Montreal Olympics. Since I think that one at least is American, the event is probably long jump or discus.

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    • #3
      Annette Rogers??? - based on the Trigger, Dale, Bullet clues

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      • #4
        Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
        Annette Rogers??? - based on the Trigger, Dale, Bullet clues
        That's not right - misinterpreted who the clues were for

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        • #5
          Roy Rogers possibly the other person because of Trigger and Bullet.

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          • #6
            Must be American based on qualifying, presumably in 1976, as only the USA has a qualifying Olympic trial.

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            • #7
              Is this athlete from Walnut California?

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              • #8
                There are two people involved here. First, is our birthday athlete who was born 118 years ago today and second, is Leonard Slye who Tuariki correctly identified as Roy Rogers. Roy Rogers (the cowboy star) was born in the same city as our birthday person, however Rogers was born about eight years after our birthday athlete.

                Our birthday person was not from California, but was an American.

                Olli has the correct event: long jump or discus.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
                  Olli has the correct event: long jump or discus.
                  Re the 1976er:
                  Mac Wilkins and Arnie Robinson.

                  Can't see any relationship between them and the birthday athlete, other than which event.?
                  Last edited by Tuariki; 11-26-2021, 01:37 AM.

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                  • #10
                    Very good, Tuariki. You now have the event......discus or long jump.

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                    • #11
                      Leonard Slye was Roy Rogers' birth name.

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                      • #12
                        That's right, but who is our birthday athlete for this Thanksgiving Day? Remember this champion competed in two Olympic Games, won gold during the first of those two Games, and set a world record about eleven months after winning that Olympic gold medal in the discus or the long jump (which one?).

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                        • #13
                          So DoubleRBar, knowing that you are the archetypal sadist, and we are the masochists who can't stop feeding are your trough of schadenfreude I am thinking that our birthday athlete might be LS who changed their name to RR or vv.

                          Not that that helps me though as I can't think of an LS or RR ling jumper / discus thrower from 1924 to 1936.

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                          • #14
                            This field eventer does not have the initials "L.S." or "R.R."

                            Our birthday athlete won the gold medal in the same Olympic city which is scheduled to host the next Summer Olympic Games.

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                            • #15
                              At the Montreal games, the mystery athlete was 73

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