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      Dr. Bob Richards was a two time Olympic gold medalist for pole vaulting in 1952 and again in 1956, the first athlete to appear on “Wheaties, Breakfast of Champions” cereal boxes, and was a sportscaster for NBC Television.

    • Inspired By Sports

      Inspiring Story of the Day: "There are many people who could be Olympic champions, All-Americans who have never tried. I’d estimate five million people could have beaten me in the pole vault the years I won it, at least five million. Men who were stronger, bigger and faster than I was, could have done it, but they never picked up a pole, never made the feeble effort to pick their legs off the ground to try to get over the bar." - Bob Richards -Two Times Olympic Gold Medalist

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