Australian Olympic victory

Australian Olympic victory

Post by Mika Perki|m{ » Tue, 26 Apr 1994 16:10:32


: 1936 games were the triumph of finnish distance running, only bronze medal
: at 5,000 m didn't came to Finland. And they were also the last games
: in many decades that Finns succeeded. Ilmari Salminen won 10,000 m and
: 5,000 m was won by ... oh no, I've forgotten that name, I'm so ashamed
: about myself... Those are the names real Finnish sportsfanatics never
: never forgets and now I forget it... oh boy... My dementia is worse than
: I thought. ;)

It was Gunnar Hockert, the first academic Finnish world class distance runner.
I think he was a business graduate and spoke Swedish as his mother tongue.
Unluckily Hockert died one day before his 30th birthday in WW II, while
fighting as a second lieutenant against --- Russia.

One more anecdote concerning Hannes Kolehmainen: After the Russian flag was
raised to honor his gold medals in Stockholm, he said to Philip Noel-Baker
(later a winner of silver medal in 400m hurdles and Nobel award of peace):
"I wish I didn't win, so I wouldn't have had to watch that damn flag!"

The Briton responded: "No, you are wrong. The flag-incident will be quickly
forgotten, but you have done a great deal in Finland's fight for independence."
Well, I suppose he was half right, half wrong.

Thanks Jari, for covering the story of the flying Finns, the more one deals
with it, the more fascinating it gets.

----
Mika

 
 
 

Australian Olympic victory

Post by Matt Rada » Wed, 05 Oct 1994 17:00:29


Quote:

> Can anybody tell me the year and the event in which Australia won an Olympic
> medal.  According to my friend, they have only won one medal, and it was a
> silver.  Please reply with information to:

> Thank you,

Bedward-

Your friend is the stupidest person alive.  Australia was one of the first
Olympc winners; in 1896 Edwin Flack won golds (that's two already) in
track at the first modern Olympics in Athens.  I could go on, but I would
make your friend feel even dumber.  Besides, you're going to get a lot of
mail on this!

Matt

 
 
 

Australian Olympic victory

Post by TAZMA » Fri, 07 Oct 1994 02:25:00


Quote:


>> Can anybody tell me the year and the event in which Australia won an Olympic
>> medal.  According to my friend, they have only won one medal, and it was a
>> silver.  Please reply with information to:
>Your friend is the stupidest person alive.  Australia was one of the first

Not really stupid, just mis-informed/ignorant. Australia has won only one
medal (silver) in the WINTER Olympics. I think that is where the
confusion was. Speed skating, beating a Canadian, who came in fourth due
to some collision or something (she was the favorite). Oh, well, I'm
happy Australia won it's first Medal EVER,..... In the Winter Olympics. :)

T.Ryerson Fuller

 
 
 

Australian Olympic victory

Post by David Steads » Thu, 20 Oct 1994 21:33:10


Quote:




>>> Can anybody tell me the year and the event in which Australia won an Olympic
>>> medal.  According to my friend, they have only won one medal, and it was a
>>> silver.  Please reply with information to:

>>Your friend is the stupidest person alive.  Australia was one of the first

>Not really stupid, just mis-informed/ignorant. Australia has won only one
>medal (silver) in the WINTER Olympics. I think that is where the
>confusion was. Speed skating, beating a Canadian, who came in fourth due
>to some collision or something (she was the favorite). Oh, well, I'm
>happy Australia won it's first Medal EVER,..... In the Winter Olympics. :)

>T.Ryerson Fuller

Well, okay it maybe only one winter medal, but don't belittle it by
indicating that we might not have won it without someone else falling! ;-)
First, It was the mens relay speed skaters this year that won the medal
(a silver) and they were world champs a few years ago too, so it wasn't
just a fluke!

David