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  • Originally posted by br View Post
    Wanting to see if the IOC had a story about the passing of Peter Snell, I went to their website and typed Snell's name in the search engine. When I got to his page, they had his portrait picture and a larger action shot. Unfortunately, the action shot is of Snell's teammate, John Davies, the 1964 bronze medalist in the 1500m.

    https://www.olympic.org/peter-snell

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    I contacted the people I work with at the IOC in the Olympic Studies Centre and they informed me this AM that this has been corrected.

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    • Not writing per se, but I found this description while researching the Peter Snell natural surface thread:

      https://www.alamy.com/cinder-track-o...e60263505.html

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      • That's hilarious!

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        • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
          That's hilarious!
          But sad. Is the person who selected that illustration really that . . . clueless? I feel like the other examples in this thread were just clueless about our sport, but this example surpasses the others in real-life cluelessness.

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          • Here's some clueless tv commentary about our sport:

            https://twitter.com/Cathal_Dennehy/s...74792482131972

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            • This is as clueless as anything I've seen recently. It's from the Jamaica Observer, and it's really not reporting by that newspaper, but rather passing along a comment from a clueless reader, who enclosed an aerial photo of the 2017 World Championships 100m. The photo shoes Bolt's foot on the finish line, and the writer says “. . .as Usain's foot was first over the finish line he should have been named the winner. . . . Yes, Gatlin's torso was over the line first but this is a foot race, so the first foot over should be the winner”

              http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...8?profile=1511

              It is possible that the writer was tongue-in-cheek. In any event, the Observer played along with it nicely by concluding "The verdict is yours."

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              • Similar to tandfman's story, I was recently contacted by a "researcher" who has determined that Dave Sime won the Rome 100 metres because he has looked at photos and he is certain he crossed the line before Armin Hary. I ended up on the phone with him as he wanted to discuss this and he was intractable. He is planning on contacting the IOC to get them to change the result. He had played golf a few times with Sime and was friendly with him, apparently. I had to tell him that I was born in the same city as Sime (Paterson, NJ), and we both went to Duke and Duke Medical School, and I still disagreed with him.

                This happens from time-to-time. The worst one was this guy from Israel who is adamant that football (soccer) was played at the 1896 Olympics - it was not. He was so profane we had to block him from multiple sites. He was even threatening to the IOC. David Wallechinsky kicked him out of the International Society of Olympic Historians (ISOH), which had never happened before. The guy had serious mental issues.

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                • Despite all those connections Sime and I had, I had never had the opportunity to meet him.

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                  • Originally posted by tandfman View Post
                    This is as clueless as anything I've seen recently. It's from the Jamaica Observer, and it's really not reporting by that newspaper, but rather passing along a comment from a clueless reader, who enclosed an aerial photo of the 2017 World Championships 100m. The photo shoes Bolt's foot on the finish line, and the writer says “. . .as Usain's foot was first over the finish line he should have been named the winner. . . . Yes, Gatlin's torso was over the line first but this is a foot race, so the first foot over should be the winner”

                    http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/news/...8?profile=1511

                    It is possible that the writer was tongue-in-cheek. In any event, the Observer played along with it nicely by concluding "The verdict is yours."
                    Looking at that picture it looks like Gatlin won by a short head!

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                    • I always remember the L.A. Times headline during the 1984 Olympics: “Is Zola Guilty?” For an authoritative expert to answer the question, they interviewed an L. A. traffic cop!

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                      • As I recall a poster here once claimed that Zola had deliberately tripped Mary.

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                        • Let's not get into clueless posting. :-)

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                          • https://sports.yahoo.com/eliud-kipch...113213376.html

                            "Kipchoge will try to become the first repeat Olympic marathon champion since West Germany’s Waldemar Cierpinski in 1980..."

                            No, he was from EAST Germany.

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                            • Originally posted by TN1965 View Post
                              https://sports.yahoo.com/eliud-kipch...113213376.html

                              "Kipchoge will try to become the first repeat Olympic marathon champion since West Germany’s Waldemar Cierpinski in 1980..."

                              No, he was from EAST Germany.
                              If he was West German he wouldn't even have been at the 1980 Olympics!

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                              • Originally posted by Trickstat View Post
                                If he was West German he wouldn't even have been at the 1980 Olympics!
                                Really think the person who wrote that would have any clue about that?

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