Name: Al Oerter
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Discus
DOB: 9/19/1936
Birthplace: Astoria, N.Y.
Hometown: New Hyde Park, N.Y.
High School: Sewanhaka High School (Floral Park, N.Y.), West Islip High School (West Islip, N.Y.)
College: University of Kansas
Olympic Experience
  • Four-time Olympian (1956, 1960, 1964, 1968); four-time Olympic medalist (4 golds)
  • Melbourne 1956, gold (discus)
  • Rome 1960, gold (discus)
  • Tokyo 1964, gold (discus)
  • Mexico City 1968, gold (discus)
Personal: Discovered his skill for discus when he idly threw it farther than any member of his high school track team... Refined his throwing technique by studying a flipbook of a discus thrower...Became the first athlete to win the gold medal in the same event at four consecutive Olympic Games...Made the longest throw of his career (227-11) at age 43...Co-founded the Art of the Olympians program to help fellow Olympians promote their artwork...Father to two daughters, Crystiana and Gabrielle.