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  • Son/daughter like mother

    A variation on the "Son like father" post going on right, can you name any mother-son/daughter combos who were both track & field (only) Olympians? I know one, USA, but world-wide counts.

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    Stanislav Olijar's mother, Lyudmila was the Latvian record holder for th 100mH (12.90 in 1989). She never won an olympic medal, but I'm guessing that she was an Olympian at one point of her career (the competition in Latvia couldn't have been that good!)

    Edited to add - back in the 80's, Latvia was part of the Soviet Union, so I doubt Lyudmila Olijar would have been good enough for the 1988 Olympic Team.

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      Karin and Falk Balzer: the mother won gold in '64 and bronze in '72; the son made the semis in 2000.
      Było smaszno, a jaszmije smukwijne...

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      • #4
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        Sheila Lerwill HJ & Alan Lerwill LJ - GB
        Karen Balzer and Falk Balzer - Germany

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        • #5
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          The USA combo I am thinking of is more difficult than the fine examples given so far – Different last names.

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          • #6
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            Another hint: She was a high jumper, he held the world record in his event.

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            • #7
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              Carl Lewis' mother, Evelyn Lawler, won a gold medal at the Pan American games in the hurdles.

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              • #8
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                >Carl Lewis' mother, Evelyn Lawler, won a gold medal at the Pan American games
                >in the hurdles.

                The Lawler-Lewis information is great, but Mrs. L was not an Olympian.

                More hints as to the US combo: He also high-jumped at the Olympics.

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                  >More hints as to the US combo: He also high-jumped at
                  >the Olympics.



                  Hmm... now that means that he was either a HJ'er too, or he was a decathlete. Either way, he was a WR holder in his event (like you say), so that should narrow things down a bit....

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                  • #10
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                    Alice Arden and Russ Hodge

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                    • #11
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                      Danny Ecker, GER (PV 6.00) '00 Olympian. If you need to be told about his mom's Olympic accomplishments, you need to find another board.

                      Pyotr Bochkaryov, RUS (PV 5.90) '96 Olympian, his mother was an Olympic thrower I think.

                      Steven Hooker. AUS (PV 5.65) qualified for the '04 AUS Olympic team a few weeks ago, his mother was in the LJ in '72.

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                      • #12
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                        Dmitriy Valyukevich's mother, Irina, was a 7.17m LJ'er.

                        Dmitriy jumped 17.57m last year in the TJ.

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                        • #13
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                          >Alice Arden and Russ Hodge

                          Jon got it.

                          Alice competed in the Berlin HJ. I believe she was a 3 times US HJ champ. Russ competed in the Tokyo Decathlon. Set WR in '66, 8230. Was he ever a US champ? Even if not, he did best his mother's best HJ mark.

                          Are there any other mother/child US Olympians?

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                          • #14
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                            Janis Lusis' kid, Voldemars, made the javelin final in Edmonton.

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                            • #15
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                              uh, Charles Jenkins and his son are not only both Olympians, but gold medalists I believe (son won one as part of the relay pool)

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