I came across something last week that blew my mind. It didn’t blow my mind that it happened, it blew my mind that I didn’t know that it happened. However, after poking around, I discovered that the most knowledgeable track nerds/historians in this area didn’t know that it happened. Again, NO GOOGLING ALLOWED!!! You either know it or you don’t.
Ok, Here’s the question:
“In 1964, a 17-year-old high school junior from Kansas made the U.S. Olympic track and field team and competed in Tokyo. This athlete won the Trials and would go on to set multiple American records and even a world record. THIS ATHLETE IS NOT JIM RYUN. Name this athlete.”
Yup, Kansas had TWO 17-year-old high school juniors on the 1964 Tokyo Olympic team. I damn near fell over when I found that out. I also damn near fell over when I realized their performances would still have them among the top 3-5 high school athletes in the U.S. today, more than 50 years later. That will be particularly relevant when you learn who the athlete is and what their event was.
Aaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnnnnddddddddddd - GO!