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    Happy birthday today (Saturday) to an Olympic champion who was a "teammate" of another younger Olympic champion.

    Both athletes (birthday person and "teammate") were born in the same country and both competed in only one Olympic Games.

    You might know that both champions share the same initials and both people competed in two events at the Olympics.

    One of these individuals was born in December and the other person died in December (age 79).

    Born 147 years ago today, our birthday athlete died 19 days before the "teammate" turned 12 years old.

    These two champions were born approximately 935 miles (1,504 kms) apart and both are no longer alive today.

    Only one of these two athletes did not compete in the Olympic hurdles.

    Our birthday person won one Olympic gold medal and the "teammate" won two Olympic gold medals.

    A U.S. president, who shares the same initials as our birthday athlete and the "teammate", died when our birthday champion was still 25 years old.

    Can you name this birthday individual on this first Saturday of May?

    Good luck to you.

  • #2
    Bill Hoyt - Bob Hayes


    • #3
      Bill Hoyt was born in Connecticut 147 years ago (1875) today. Very good, bambam1729.

      Bill Hoyt won the first pole vault at the Olympic Games (1896) in Athens. He cleared 3.30 (10' 10") to win the gold medal. Hoyt, a graduate of Harvard University, also ran the 110 hurdles in Athens, but did not make that final.

      Bill Hoyt shares the same initials with Bob Hayes who won the 100 and anchored the winning four by 100 relay at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics.

      Most of you probably know that these two champions also share the same initials with President Benjamin Harrison who died in March of 1901.

      Hoyt became a fairly famous doctor and died in New York in 1954 at the age of 79 years.

      Thank you bambam1729.