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#33631 - 03 Sep 06 19:51 WE LOST a GREAT ONE
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Bob Mathias, 2-time Olympic gold medal Decathlete, died today at his home in California at the age of 75.

The world loses a great one indeed. I grew up near his hometown and while we might have claimed him as ours, he was legend for all, and his greatness (he won a friggin' gold medal at age 17!) inspired people far and wide. He later graduated from Stanford Univ. and became an officer in the USMC and later a US Congressman.

This is a real time of mourning for me personally, but I had a nice laugh through very "un-dry" eyes when I read this quote from the Daily News article below, where his coach asked the 17-year-old high schooler to do his first ever decathlon just a few months before he would win the Olympic gold medal in London '48: "That's great, Coach, it sounds like fun. But just one question: what's a decathlon?"

http://www.dailynews.com/news/ci_4281446
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#33632 - 03 Sep 06 19:55 Re: WE LOST a GREAT ONE
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And here's another article with a picture, years before he passed away:

http://espn.go.com/sportscentury/features/00016202.html
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#33633 - 03 Sep 06 22:11 Re: WE LOST a GREAT ONE
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Bob Mathias, age 17, during the Decathlon competition at old Wembley Stadium during the 1948 London Olympics.
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