Archive for July, 2012

Ed Gordon

(This is part of a special series on Hawkeye Olympic medalists.) Who is the Hawkeyes’ greatest track athlete ever?  You could make a very good case for Ed Gordon, today’s featured Olympic Hawkeye. Ed Gordon Edward Gordon, Jr., was born in Jackson, Mississippi, but he grew up in Gary, Indiana.  He always had a thin, wiry frame, so his father suggested that he bulk up by joining the high school track team.  Gordon took up hurdling and high jumping, and his talents caught the eye of Iowa track coach George Bresnahan.  Bresnahan shifted Gordon’s focus from jumping high to jumping…

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Randy Lewis

(This is part of a special series on Hawkeye Olympic medalists.) Earlier, we wrote about Ed Banach and Lou Banach, the twins who each claimed gold medals wrestling at the 1984 Olympics.  Today’s athlete, Randy Lewis, takes us back to the mats of Los Angeles for another great moment at those Games. Randy Lewis In addition to being a great wrestler, Randy Lewis is an excellent storyteller.  One of his great stories involves competing in his first state wrestling tournament at age 12. Lewis grew up in the shadow of Mount Rushmore in Rapid City, South Dakota.  He made it…

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Frank Cuhel

(This is part of a special series on Hawkeye Olympic medalists.) Our next Hawkeye medalist is Frank Cuhel, a speedy hurdler who raced to fame in 1928. Frank Cuhel Frank Cuhel was born in Cedar Rapids in 1904.  He was a track star at Cedar Rapids Washington High School, setting a high school national record in 1924 in the 220-yard low hurdles at a meet held at Iowa Field.  The highly touted prep star decided to keep running at Iowa Field by joining the Hawkeyes after graduation.  He began his eligibility as a sophomore in 1926, and he participated in…

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