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    Happy birthday today (Wednesday) to an Olympic champion who later became the ambassador to the Philippines.

    Not exactly well-known, I find this champion to be very interesting.

    Born 117 years ago today, our birthday athlete married about two years after winning the Olympic gold medal.

    This athlete was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University and later became a lawyer.

    Our birthday athlete fought in World War I and later became president of Oberlin College.

    You probably already know that his person did not win Olympic gold in the hurdles.

    Only 23 when winning that gold medal, this athlete died at the age of 84.

    A world record was part of this athlete's gold medal.

    Please do not use any research for this answer. If nobody gets it, I will give more clues.

    Very few people will know this athlete, but if you remember the U.S. presidential elections of 1892, 1952, and 1956, you might get our birthday athlete for this final Wednesday in October.

    Who is this Olympic champion?

  • #2
    Bill Stevenson

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    • #3
      Bill Stevenson it is, bambam1729. Nice job. I didn't think anyone would get this for a few hours. Bill Stevenson anchored the U.S. four by 400 relay team in Paris (1924). They ran 3:16.0 for a new world record. Today that time would be an excellent women's time. I never knew very much about Stevenson, but he sounded like a very interesting person. His wife (Eleanor) wrote the book mentioned in our thread title in 1946.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
        Bill Stevenson it is, bambam1729. Nice job. I didn't think anyone would get this for a few hours. Bill Stevenson anchored the U.S. four by 400 relay team in Paris (1924). They ran 3:16.0 for a new world record. Today that time would be an excellent women's time. I never knew very much about Stevenson, but he sounded like a very interesting person. His wife (Eleanor) wrote the book mentioned in our thread title in 1946.
        That one was too easy for me because I've compiled the list of all US Olympian Rhodes Scholars and also remembered him for the Philippines Ambassador thing.

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        • #5
          WR for 400m in 1924 was 47.6 (47.4Y in 1916)... 3:16.0 = 49.0/leg... seemingly a routine open 400 time for an adult male... was Liddell that much superior to mortals of his time?
          Last edited by lonewolf; 10-26-2017, 02:58 PM.

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          • #6
            I quickly figured out the " Stevenson" part, but that would have been a totally blind answer, if I had posted it, so I passed !

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            • #7
              Can someone supply the name of the other USA T&F Olympian who earned a Rhodes Scholarship? Only one other one.

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              • #8
                I can't think of an American, but I believe Jack Lovelock was another Olympic gold medalist and a Rhodes Scholar.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
                  Can someone supply the name of the other USA T&F Olympian who earned a Rhodes Scholarship? Only one other one.
                  No, but I can name the one who played basketball.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by DoubleRBar View Post
                    I can't think of an American, but I believe Jack Lovelock was another Olympic gold medalist and a Rhodes Scholar.
                    Lovelock was correct for New Zealand

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by EastBayprepoftheweek67 View Post
                      No, but I can name the one who played basketball.
                      There were actually 2 US Olympic basketball players to receive Rhodes Scholarships. Both also served in Congress.

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                      • #12
                        This may be pretty tricky so I'll solve this for you. Here are all the USA Olympians who won Rhodes Scholarships:

                        Name NOC Sport Rhodes
                        Bill Stevenson USA ATH 1922 Rhodes Scholar – Balliol College
                        Norm Taber USA ATH 1913 Rhodes Scholar – St. John’s College
                        Bill Bradley USA BAS 1965 Rhodes Scholar – Worcester College
                        Tom McMillen USA BAS 1974 Rhodes Scholar – University College
                        Eddie Eagan USA BOB/BOX 1922 Rhodes Scholar – New College
                        John Carleton USA CCS/NCO 1922 Rhodes Scholar – Magdalen College
                        John Misha Petkevich USA FSK 1973 Rhodes Scholar – Magdalen College
                        Alan Valentine USA RUG 1922 Rhodes Scholar – Balliol College
                        Annette Salmeen USA SWI 1997 Rhodes Scholar – St. John’s College

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                        • #13
                          And here are all the Olympians in track & field who won Rhodes Scholarships (any nation):

                          Athlete Nation(s) Sport(s) Era Notes
                          Ranjit Bhatia IND ATH 1960 1957 Rhodes Scholar – Jesus College
                          Simon Hollingsworth AUS ATH 1992-96 1997 Rhodes Scholar – Exeter College
                          David Johnson CAN ATH 1924 1923 Rhodes Scholar – Balliol College
                          Wilfred Kalaugher NZL ATH 1928 1927 Rhodes Scholar – Balliol College
                          Wilfred Kent-Hughes AUS ATH 1920 1915 Rhodes Scholar – Christ Church College
                          Jack Lovelock NZL ATH 1932-36 1931 Rhodes Scholar – Exeter College
                          Arthur Porritt NZL ATH/IOC 1924 / 1934-94 1923 Rhodes Scholar – Magdalen College
                          Eric Prabhakar IND ATH 1948 1948 Rhodes Scholar – Christ Church College
                          Bevil Rudd RSA ATH 1920 1913 Rhodes Scholar – Trinity College
                          Bill Stevenson USA ATH 1924 1922 Rhodes Scholar – Balliol College
                          Harvey Sutton ANZ ATH 1908 1905 Rhodes Scholar – New College
                          Norm Taber USA ATH 1912 1913 Rhodes Scholar – St. John’s College

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                          • #14
                            I would have never thought of Norm Taber. Thanks, bambam1729.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by bambam1729 View Post
                              Rhodes Scholar – New College
                              New College, founded in 1379

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