Posts Tagged ‘Al Oerter’
By Roald Bradstock – 7 May 2009
Al Oerter winning 4 consecutive gold medals in the discus is a legendary accomplishment. Each time he competed he was never favourite to win and yet he rose up, overcoming adversity, to win again and again. He was a true competitor – the modern day discobolus – a modern day legend whose name and achievements have become synonymous with the modern Olympics
Oerter’s last Olympic competition was in Mexico City in 1968 – over 40 years ago – but his Olympic journey did not end there. It continued off the field until the day he died on October 1, 2007.