Name: Bob Mathias
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Decathlon
DOB: 11/17/1930
Birthplace: Tulare, Calif.
Hometown: Tulare, Calif.
High School: Tulare High School (Tulare, Calif.)
College: Stanford University
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1948, 1952); two-time Olympic medalist (2 golds)
  • London 1948, gold (decathlon)
  • Helsinki 1952, gold (decathlon)
Personal: One of four children...Raised in a small farming town of 12,000...Father was a doctor and former football player at the University of Oklahoma...Suffered from anemia in early childhood and had to take frequent naps to conserve strength...Ran track and played basketball and football in high school...Track coach suggested trying the decathlon...Became the first athlete to ever play in the Rose Bowl (for Stanford’s football team) and compete in the Olympics in the same year in 1952...Was a Marines officer, Hollywood actor and director of a boys’ camp before getting elected to Congress and serving four terms...Served as the president of the American Kids Sports Association.