Thursday, February 2, 2012
From the Archives - Keeping up With ?
We did this yesterday after pulling this photo from one of our files and it took a couple of hints for our interns to come with the correct answer. You may or may not recognize the good-lookin' dude on the left. In the event that you are unable to come up with a name, perhaps it would help if you clicked on the link located HERE. Or HERE.
Yes, indeed, it is the gold-medalist from the 1976 Olympics held in Montreal, Bruce Jenner. While the current generation would certainly recognize Bruce as Kim Kardashian's step-dad, those of us from an earlier generation will remember him as one of the USA's all-time top athletes.
Jenner competed in the '72 Olympics in Munich where he placed tenth. After capturing national decathlon titles in 1974 and 1976, he became a world-wide phenomenon in Montreal when he established the decathlon world record with his gold-medal winning performance.
You can see Myers Field House in the background of the photo and Jenner is sporting a Southern Minnesota Relays tee-shirt. Back in the late 1970's the Maverick track and field program did a speaker series for three summers where it brought in track stars for an event held on campus in which college and high school student-athletes and coaches attended. Including Jenner in 1977, high jumper Dwight Stones and sprinter Wilma Rudolph also ventured to the Key City during this time.
Sounds likes it must have been a pretty good deal and as Mark Schuck would say "Oh, the good old days!"