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    Happy birthday today (Sunday) to two Olympic champions with a total of 165 years since their births.

    These two athletes will be known today as "J" and "T".

    "J" was nine years old when "T" was born.

    I must admit that there is some mystery concerning the exact birthdate of Athlete "T".

    Our birthday individuals were born on different continents and competed in a total of three Olympic Games (all in Europe).

    Don't worry about the Olympic hurdles when thinking about their events.

    "T" and "J" won a total of three Olympic gold medals.

    You might already know that "T" won an Olympic bronze medal.

    One of our birthday people died at the age of 72 while the other died at the age of 83.

    Neither of these two champions were born in South America, Australia, Antarctica, Europe, or Asia.

    Time to name our two birthday athletes on this third of five Sundays in May.

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    Don Bragg

    Miruts Yifter


    • #3
      Don Bragg was born in New Jersey 87 years ago today and Miruts Yifter was born in Ethiopia 78 years (I think) ago today. Excellent job, dukehjsteve.

      Don Bragg used an aluminum pole to win the pole vault gold medal at the 1960 Rome Olympic Games. Some people may remember his "Tarzan Yell" after winning that gold medal.

      He was 83 years old when he died in California a little over three years ago.

      Miruts Yifter was born (some say) on this date in 1944. He is not the first Olympic athlete to have a "mysterious birthday". Some places in the world do not keep exact birth records and this may be the case with Yifter.

      You might remember when Yifter won the bronze medal in the 1972 Munich Olympic 10,000. Of course there were many people that didn't see him take that bronze medal because they were so centered on Lasse Viren and his world record (after falling during that 10,000) in winning the gold medal.

      Yifter returned to the Olympics eight years later at the 1980 Moscow Games where he won the 10,000 and the 5,000 gold medals.

      Yifter died in Canada just three days before Christmas in 2016. He was 72 years old.

      Thank you, dukehjsteve.