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Al Oerter Back to Olympus
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Al Oerter (1936 - 2007)
Olympic Gold Medalist - Discus 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968
Al Oerter is the first athlete to win the same Olympic event four times in a row and the only one to set Olympic records each time. His Olympic accomplishments are legend enough, but the man, Al Oerter, is remembered by family, friends, and fans as a man of integrity, humility, and kindness. His simple human decency won the hearts of many.
He lived life to the fullest and did his best in all life's endeavors. Al's legacy in sport will linger on in perpetuity. Still, perhaps, more importantly, Al gave our children and generations to come to an example that the inherent goodness of mankind does make a difference in the lives of others. Al's contribution and generosity to the Sport of Athletics is a model for humanity to follow.
" I didn’t set out to beat the world; I just set out to do my absolute best.” Al Oerter
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