During the week ahead will be the 136th anniversary of the birth of Alvin Kraenzlein, who will probably be the only person to win four individual track & field gold medals at a single Olympics. In the 1900 Games in Paris, he won the 60-meter dash, the 110- and 200-meter hurdles and the long jump.
Kraenzlein was especially noted for his hurdling technique, as he was the first to practice the now common method of straight-lead-leg (the first leg over the hurdle remains straight and parallel with the ground). This technique is significant in that it enables the athlete to over-come the hurdle without reducing speed.
Kraenzlein graduated from Penn with a dental degree, but elected to go into coaching instead. He was the head coach at the University of Michigan and served a national coach for both Cuba and Germany before returning to Penn as an assistant.