Having A Moment


Wearing a bib number the size of a lobster bib at Joe’s Crab Shack, Yalie Frank Shorter crushed the field in the 1972 Munich Olympics’ marathon, winning by more than two minutes. That event, according to the folks at Bleacher Report, is the 13th-best moment in U.S. Olympic track & field history.

Five other Ivy moments listed:

29. Princetonian Bob Garrett had never seen, much less thrown, a discus before the 1896 Athens Olympics, but won the gold medal anyway. A made-up HepsTrack addendum: Garrett then fashioned a spear from a surplus pile of timber laying outside his hotel and won the javelin. The Greeks were so pissed.

46. Penn’s John Baxter Taylor, for whom the Outdoor Heps’ men’s team trophy is named, earned the first gold medal by an African-American at the 1908 London Games. A sad-but-true addendum: Taylor would become ill and die just months later.

47. The great Al Kraenzlein — yet another Penn Quaker — won four gold medals at the 1900 Paris Olympics, taking the long jump, the 60-meter dash and the 110- and 200-meter hurdles. A made-up HepsTrack addendum: Kraenzlein told the press afterward that his next feat would be to butcher the national anthem at an NBA game.

48. At the 1912 Stockholm Games, the U.S. went 1-2-3 in the 100-meter dash — a feat that has not been accomplished since — with Donald Lippincott of Penn taking bronze. A made-up HepsTrack addendum: Asked if he could envision a day when a high schooler could beat his time, Lippincott shot back, “No schoolboy will ever run faster than the 10.9 I just blazed. Get out of my face!”

50. Penn’s Walter Tewksbury wins five medals — including a pair of golden ones — at the 1900 Paris Olympics. A made-up HepsTrack addendum: Afterward, Tewksbury climbed the 11-year-old Eiffel Tower and toss his bronze medal into the wind and quietly said, “Au revoir.”

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