Died: October 1, 2007
(Fort Myers Beach, Florida)
Best Known as: gold medalist in four consecutive Olympic Games
Former Olympic discus thrower who won four consecutive Olympic
titles in the same event. He stood 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 297
pounds when he competed and won gold in the 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968
Olympic Games. In each Olympics he broke the previous Olympic record, beat
the world-record holder, and overcame an injury. Before the 1964 Olympics
he had internal bleeding and severe pain on his throwing side, yet he
still competed and won. Oerter worked full-time as a computer executive on
Long Island and trained for the Olympics at the same time. After he
retired from the sport, he became a well-traveled motivational
More on Al Oerter from Fact Monster:
- Al Oerter - Al Oerter Born: Sept. 19, 1936 Track & Field won discus gold medal in 4 consecutive Olympics, ...
- Al Oerter - Biography of Al Oerter, Former Olympic discus thrower who won four consecutive Olympic titles in the same event. He stood 6 feet 4 inches tall and weighed 297 pound…
- Discus Throw - Discus Throw 1896 Robert Garrett, United States 95 ft 7.5 in 1900 Rudolf Bauer, Hungary 118 ft ...
- Winter Olympics: Luge - Preview of the Olympic event luge
- 1964 Olympics - 1964 Olympics Tokyo Top 10 Standings Leading Medal Winners Track & Field Boxing Gymnastics ...