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Hawkeye Olympians Final Recap

Okay, so one last post on Hawkeye Olympians!  I hope you enjoyed reading about several Hawkeye Olympic medalists over the past 17 days.  I wasn’t able to cover every Hawkeye Olympic medal winner, as I had planned to do…I’ve been pretty busy.  But I’ll get into that more tomorrow! An Update on Hawkeye Olympians I do need to make a few corrections to my first post which kicked off this Olympic series.  In that post, I claimed that the Hawkeyes have had 17 Olympic medal winners.  That’s incorrect, so let’s correct the record now. First of all, I actually had 19…

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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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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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