CITIUS ALTIUS FORTIUS 08/08/08 – 115 days to go…
1. Alvin Kraenzlein won his first athletics title in 1897, when he won the 220 yards hurdles race at the Amateur Athletic Union championships. The next few years he gained many more titles, winning 5 AAU titles in both hurdling and long jump events, and 8 Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America titles in sprinting, hurdling and the long jump. Kraenzlein was especially noted for his hurdling technique, as he was the first to practice the now common method of straight-lead-leg (the first leg over the hurdle remains straight and parallel with the ground). This technique is significant in that it enables the athlete to over-come the hurdle without reducing speed. Alvin Kraenzlein became a sporting immortal after the 1900 Olympics for a feat he achieved that has not been repeated, though several people have come close to emulating him. What?
He is the only winner of 4 Individual track and field Golds at a single Olympics . Carl Lewis and Jesse Owens won 3 Golds in individual events and the 4 th in a relay.
2. 100kg Heavyweight medalists Gold – X Silver – Abbas Jadidi Bronze – Arawat Sabejew X became a ‘professional’ wrestler after this. X?
3. X achieved a certain first from his continent. X later went on to have a relatively successful career in Broadway and Hollywood. X’s filmography includes: Tonight at Twelve (1929) .... Prof. Eldridge The Love Trap (1929) .... Judge Harrington Restless Youth (1928/I) .... John Neil ... aka Wayward Youth (UK) Mad Hour (1928) .... Hemingway Sr The Siren (1927) .... Cole Norwood/Felipe Vincenti The Wizard (1927) .... Judge Webster The Warning (1927) .... Sir James Gordon Sorrell and Son (1927) .... Thomas Roland Children of Divorce (1927) .... Duke de Gondreville Afraid to Love (1927) .... John Travers New York (1927) .... Randolph Church The Music Master (1927) .... Andrew Cruger The Ace of Cads (1926) .... Sir Guy de Gramercy Beau Geste (1926) .... Maj. de Beaujolais Dancing Mothers (1926) .... Hugh Westcourt The Song and Dance Man (1926) .... Charles Nelson The Man Who Found Himself (1925) .... Commodore Branding Wages of Virtue (1924) .... John Boule Roulette (1924) .... Joohn Tralee Jane Eyre (1921) .... Mr. Rochester The Black Panther's Cub (1921) .... Sir Marling Grayham The Daughter Pays (1920) .... Osbert Gault Romance (1920) .... Cornelius Van Tuyl The Daredevil (1918) .... Gov. William Faulkner National Red Cross Pageant (1917) .... Herald - English episode The Runaway (1917) .... Richard Danforth The Ivory Snuff Box (1915) .... Dr. Hartmann After Dark (1915) .... Lt. Richard Bellamy
4. X was a dominant Greco-Roman wrestler for Soviet Union, and later for Russia. Nicknamed ‘Russian Bear’ he went undefeated in international competition from 1987 until 2000, when he was upset by Rulon Gardner in the Gold Medal match at the Sydney Olympics. X went the last 6 years of his unbeaten streak without giving up a single point. X conditioning, quickness, and incredible physical stature for his weight, perhaps combined with the domination of his sport, led to him being known as ‘The Experiment’. X is said to have carried a fridge on his back up 18 floors as the lift was not working. Simple, give me X.
5. X was on top form at Wimbledon in 1988, where he defeated Mats Wilander in the quarter-final. It was Wilander's only Grand Slam singles defeat of the year (he won the 1988 Australian Open, French Open and US Open) yet X beat him 6–3 6–1 6–3, entertaining the Wimbledon crowd with extraordinary display of stroke making. Commentating on the match for the BBC, John Barrett noted that " The mental battle is certainly today being won by X - Wilander really doesn't know what to do ". The highlight of his career came later in the year, when he became the first Tennis Gold Medalist in 64 years. X shares a nickname with Clive Lloyd. X?
7. X posed nude with former high school friend Franco Bocchimuzzo for Playgirl magazine in 1987. In 1994, Louganis announced he was gay; he took part in the 1994 Gay Games as _______ announcer, and performed an exhibition of several ________ to a standing-room only crowd of nearly 3,000 spectators. In 1995, X's autobiography co-written with Eric Marcus was published. X revealed publicly the domestic abuse and rape he suffered from a live-in lover and that he was HIV-positive. The announcement caused some controversy because of the belief, as expressed by then-United States Olympic Committee executive director Dr. Harvey Schiller, that he should have disclosed his HIV status during the 1988 Olympic games because his injury resulted in light bleeding. X had agonized over whether to disclose his status but was later advised by AIDS expert Dr. Anthony Fauci that the injury posed no danger of infection to fellow competitors. Following the announcement of his HIV status, X was dropped by most of his corporate sponsors, with the exception of the aquatics gear manufacturer Speedo, which continues to sponsor him as of 2007.
8. X is among those players who have a unique place in the annals of Indian hockey for he and his father, Brig Dalip Singh are one of the three father-son duos who have turned for the country in the Olympic arena. X donned India colours in the 1956 Melbourne and the1960 Rome Olympics. However, his list of achievements as a coach makes for interesting reading. He coached the men's squad in the 1968 Mexico, 1980 Moscow, 1984 Los Angeles Olympiads. He was coach of the women's squad for the 1981 Osaka Asian cup and 1982 New Delhi Asian games. X came up with the revolutionary idea of playing 2 centre half’s. X chose current Indian coach Joaquim Carvalho as one of the centre half’s. Joaquim Carvalho used the same tactic in the successful Asia Cup campaign. X?