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George Baird

(This is part of a special series on Hawkeye Olympic medalists.) Next, we go from one of the last Hawkeye Olympic medalists to the one of the first.  George Baird secured a medal for the Hawkeyes way back in 1928. George Baird George Baird was born in Grand Island, Nebraska, on March 5, 1907.  His father was a chemist and superintendent of several Midwest sugar beet factories.  Baird relocated to Mason City as a youth and attended Mason City High School, where he became a rising track star.  At just 5’9″ and weighing 145 pounds, the slender George Baird enrolled…

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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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