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…

Music – 1984 – God Save The Queen – At Olympic Decathlon Gold Medal Ceremony Of GBR Daley Thompson

Daley Thompson is an English former decathlete…..who won the decathlon gold medal at the Olympic Games in Moscow in 1980 and in Los Angeles in 1984…..while breaking the world record for the event on four different occasions…..and with four world records, two Olympic gold medals, three Commonwealth  titles and wins in the World and European Championships, Thompson is considered by many to be one of the greatest decathletes of…

Music – 1956 – Olympic Band – Star Spangled Banner – Performed At Medal Ceremony Of Mens Decathlon

The Men’s decathlon competition at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia, was held at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on November 29–30…..and the gold medal was won by USA Milt Campbell with 7937 points….as USA Rafer Johnson captured Silver with 7587 points….as USSR Vasili Kuznetsov garnered the bronze medal with 7465 points.  The decathlon consists of ten track and field events….with a points system that awards higher scores for…