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Al Oerter
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Athlete
    (September 19, 1936-October 1, 2007)
    Born in Astoria, Queens, New York
    Raised in New Hyde Park, New York
    Died in Fort Meyers, Florida
    Gold Medalist in the Discus at the Summer Olympics (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968)
    Gold Medalist in the Discus at the Pan American Games (1959)
    Set the world record in the discus 6 times
    First athlete to throw the discus over 200 feet (1962)
    He started his career as a discus thrower when he threw one back after it landed at his feet.
    After retiring following the 1968 Summer Olympics, he tried to come back many times. He just missed making the team in 1980 despite throwing his career best earlier that year.
    He divorced once.
    He loaned his 1968 gold medal for the 1979 Susan Anton movie 'Goldengirl.' He would later say the medal was ruined during filming.
    He joins Carl Lewis in the long jump and Paul Elvstrom in sailing as the only athletes to win gold in the same solo event at four straight Olympics.
    He overcame a life-threatening car accident in 1957 and injuries to his neck and ribs prior to the 1964 Summer Olympics.
    He suffered through heart problems and high blood pressure throughout his life.
    He took up abstract painting following his retirement.
    He had a 26-year stint as a computer specialist for Grumman.

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