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  • Pego
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    In Czechoslovakia, a similar story was Evžen Rošický. What is now Odložil Memorial used to be Rošický Memorial. They changed the name sometime after Odložil's tragic death.

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  • bambam1729
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    From our Olympedia bio of Kusocinski:

    During World War II, Kusociński volunteered for the Polish Army and was wounded twice. Released because of his injuries he served in the Polish resistance during German occupation, and he was arrested by the Gestapo on 26 March 1940 and was imprisoned in the Mokotów prison. He was executed by the Germans three months later, in Palmiry, near Warsaw. In his honor, the best known Polish athletics meet is called the Kusociński Memorial, which had now been held for almost 60 years.

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  • DoubleRBar
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    Janusz Kusocinski it is, bambam1729. Good work. Kusocinski won the 10,000 in 1932 (same year Dean Smith was born) at the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He ran the second fastest 10,000 ever with his Olympic record of 30:11.4. Sadly, less than eight years later he would be killed at the start of World War II.

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  • KDFINE
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    Smith actually had a speaking role in the Burt Lancaster film "Ulzana's Raid."

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  • tandfman
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    bambam's spelling is closer to correct. It's Kusociński, with the diacritical over the n.

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  • Pego
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    Janusz Kusoczynski (sp.)?

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  • bambam1729
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    The other guy must be Janusz Kusocinski

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  • bambam1729
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    When I was playing golf, I met Dean Smith at the Byron Nelson Classic in Dallas - he was playing in the pro-am, circa 1977. He was about 45 years old and was working as a stuntman at the time. He was a stud still, the women were all over him.

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  • DoubleRBar
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    Happy 88th birthday today to Dean Smith. Smith, as you may remember, ran the lead off leg on the winning four by 100 relay team in Helsinki (1952). Dean Smith also ran the 100 where he was fourth place in Finland. Some of you have seen Dean Smith on television and/or movies where he worked as a pretty well-known stuntman after his running career came to an end.

    Our older birthday athlete was murdered by the Nazis at the start of World War II. Who is he?

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  • KDFINE
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    JK isn't obscure.

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  • thedoorknobbroke
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    I am not much of a historian but these get the gold medal for obscure Olympic Gold Medalists..that's what makes it fun! :-)

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  • KDFINE
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    So its Helsinki and Los Angeles. The younger is Dean Smith. I suspect that the older may have been a distance runner.
    Last edited by KDFINE; 01-15-2020, 08:04 PM.

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  • DoubleRBar
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    That is true, thedoorknobbroke.

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  • thedoorknobbroke
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    Originally posted by KDFINE View Post
    So the younger was born in 1932 and the older was born in 1907. The younger was born in North America won in Europe. By the timing it sounds like Rome. Might be Otis Davis who I recall was born in 1932. The older was born in Europe in 1907 and won in North America which narrows it to Los Angelos. That the person died at the age of 33 it would have been 1940, so could have been a casualty of WW2. That's as far as I can go with this. The problem with my reasoning is that 20 years prior to Rome was 1940 and there wasn't any Olympics that year. Is there an error with the clues?
    If the 1st letters of each of the words in the title are the athletes names than Otis Davis cannot be correct.

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  • DoubleRBar
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    Neither athlete competed in the Rome Olympics. I can tell you that one of our birthday athletes was 20 years old when winning the Olympic gold medal and the other person was 25 when winning the Olympic gold medal.

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