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  • Gold, Silver, Bronze Forever

    Happy birthday today (Thursday) to two Olympic champions with a total of 186 years since their births.

    Today, these two athletes will be known as "J" and "P".

    Our birthday athletes competed in a total of three Olympic Games, but not in the hurdles.

    "J" was 36 years old when "P" was born.

    Both athletes competed in the same European country during the Olympic Games.

    One of these two individuals was born on a Friday and died on a Friday at the age of 73.

    The daughter of "J" competed against "P" in the same two events at the same Olympic Games ("P" won both times).

    "P" and "J" were not born on the same continent.

    Any idea who these two champions are on this final Thursday of July?

    Please give it a try without using any research and good luck to you.

  • #2
    Olympics Berlin 1936 and Munich 1972. I don't think I can get further. Perhaps someone who ran in GDR's relay team.

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    • #3
      You're right about Berlin (1936) and Munich (1972), Olli. Our birthday athletes did not run on an East German relay team.

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      • #4
        Gerhard Stöck and Barbara Ferrell?

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        • #5
          Gerhard Stock was born in Poland on this day in 1911.

          Happy birthday (75 years old) today to Barbara Ferrell (Edmonson).

          Very well done, LopenUupunut.

          Gerhard Stock won the bronze medal in the Olympic shot put at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Four days later, he won the javelin gold medal in Berlin.

          Barbara Ferrell was born 75 years ago in Mississippi. She won the Olympic silver medal in the women's 100 at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. She was fourth place in the 200 (22.9) in Mexico City and then she ran the second leg on the winning four by 100 relay team for the United States.

          Four years later, in Munich (1972), Ferrell was seventh place in the women's 100, but she did not make the final of the 200 in West Germany.

          Gerhard Stock's daughter (Jutta Stock) also ran the 200 at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. Stock was eighth place in that race (23.2) and she also ran the second leg (as did Barbara Ferrell for the U.S.) on the German relay team.

          Thank you, LopenUupunut and Olli.

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          • #6
            An interesting, if not entirely loveable character [I may be biased, being Jewish] - This is part of the entry for Stöck in Olympedia

            After having studied philology Stöck worked as a teacher beginning in 1938. In 1933 he became a member of the Sturmabteilung (SA), the paramilitary part of the Nazi Party, and in 1944 was promoted to Sturmbannführer. After the war he took on various sports and political tasks. Among other things, he was chef de mission of the Unified German Olympic team in 1956 and 1960, and in 1964 its deputy chef de mission. His Nazi past was intensively discussed, but only well after his 1985 death. It was found that after the war he had falsified his birth year during the de-Nazification process in 1945, and always stated that he was born in 1910.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by richh View Post
              An interesting, if not entirely loveable character [I may be biased, being Jewish] - This is part of the entry for Stöck in Olympedia

              After having studied philology Stöck worked as a teacher beginning in 1938. In 1933 he became a member of the Sturmabteilung (SA), the paramilitary part of the Nazi Party, and in 1944 was promoted to Sturmbannführer. After the war he took on various sports and political tasks. Among other things, he was chef de mission of the Unified German Olympic team in 1956 and 1960, and in 1964 its deputy chef de mission. His Nazi past was intensively discussed, but only well after his 1985 death. It was found that after the war he had falsified his birth year during the de-Nazification process in 1945, and always stated that he was born in 1910.
              Our Olympedia group now has about 25 people - the German bios are all written by native Germans so they have pretty good sources.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
                Gerhard Stock was born in Poland on this day in 1911.

                Happy birthday (75 years old) today to Barbara Ferrell (Edmonson).

                Very well done, LopenUupunut.

                Gerhard Stock won the bronze medal in the Olympic shot put at the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games. Four days later, he won the javelin gold medal in Berlin.

                Barbara Ferrell was born 75 years ago in Mississippi. She won the Olympic silver medal in the women's 100 at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics. She was fourth place in the 200 (22.9) in Mexico City and then she ran the second leg on the winning four by 100 relay team for the United States.

                Four years later, in Munich (1972), Ferrell was seventh place in the women's 100, but she did not make the final of the 200 in West Germany.

                Gerhard Stock's daughter (Jutta Stock) also ran the 200 at the 1968 Mexico City Olympic Games. Stock was eighth place in that race (23.2) and she also ran the second leg (as did Barbara Ferrell for the U.S.) on the German relay team.

                Thank you, LopenUupunut and Olli.
                Not that it makes any difference in this date and time, but I could have sworn that Barbara Ferrell ran the first leg on that relay. Sorry. My bad.

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