L E’s Stories – “Considered World’s Greatest Athlete At Age 17 And Again At 21” – The Bob Mathias Story

Bob Mathias (November 17, 1930 – September 2, 2006) was an American decathlete….who was a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the event…..a United States Marine Corps officer…..Hollywood actor…. and United States Congressman representing the state of California.  Mathias was born in Tulare, California….where he attended Tulare Union High School….when he was a classmate and long time friend of Sim Iness….who was the 1952 Olympic discus gold medalist.  While at Tulare…

Olympics – Special – Olympiad – The Rare Ones – Irena Szewinska & Klaus Dibiasi & Pat McCormick & Harrison Dillard

DOG COMMENTARY: As I have often said, I am a huge fan of the Olympic films produced by Bud Greenspan  called Olympiad….and this one seen herewith called “The Rare Ones” provides the Olympics sports fan with an indepth look at the Olympic history set by four very outstanding and extraordinary Olympic athletes including two track sprinters….Poland’s Irena…

Olympics – 1948 London & 1952 Helsinki – Mens 800m – USA Mal Whitfield & JAM Arthur Wint

DOG ASIDE: Malvin Greston “Mal” Whitfield (October 11, 1924 – November 19, 2015) was an African-American athlete….goodwill ambassador….and airman. Nicknamed “Marvelous Mal”….he was the Olympic champion in the 800 meters at the 1948 London Olympics and 1952 Helsinki Olympics….and a member of the 1948 gold medal team in the 4 × 400 meters relay. Overall, Whitfield was a…

Olympics – 1948 London – Track – Mens 100m & 200m Dash & 400m Relay – The Barney Ewell Story

DOG ASIDE: The 1948 Summer Olympics….officially known as the Games of the XIV Olympiad….were an international multi-sport event….which was held in London, England, United Kingdom.  After a 12-year hiatus because of World War II….these were the first Summer Olympics since the 1936 Games in Berlin.  The event came to be known as the Austerity Games….because…

Olympics – 1948 London – Track – Mens 100m – USA Harrison Dillard & Barney Ewell imasportsphile

DOG ASIDE: William Harrison “Bones” Dillard (born July 8, 1923) is an American former track and field athlete, the only male so far to win Olympic titles in both sprinting and hurdling events.  At the trials for the 1948 Summer Olympics, however, Dillard failed to qualify for the 110 m hurdles event….though he qualified as…

Olympics – 1948 London – Track – Mens 800m – USA Mal Whitfield & GB Arthur Wendt

DOG ASIDE: The Olympic Games are revived in London’s Wembley Stadium after the Games had been on the shelf for twelve years….while taking time off for World War I and II.  Since the beginning of the modern olympics…. the men’s track and field 800m run has been a popular event because there have been some…