Milestones Oct. 15, 2007


He was the first modern track-and-field athlete to win gold in four consecutive Olympics--only Carl Lewis has since accomplished that feat--but Al Oerter, the discus-throwing sensation of the 1950s and '60s, was decidedly low-tech. (A favorite training tool was a flip book that showed the movements of a hurler.) He won first place in the Games of 1956, '60, '64 and '68, in each case competing and setting Olympic records despite injuries. "These are the Olympics," he said. "You die before you quit." Oerter was 71 and died of heart failure.

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