Name: Mel Sheppard
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): 400-meter, 800, 1,500
DOB: 9/5/1883
Birthplace: Almonesson Lake, N.J.
Hometown: Clayton, N.J.
High School: Brown Prep School (Voorhees Township, N.J.)
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1908, 1912); five-time Olympic medalist (4 golds, 1 silver)
  • London 1908, gold (800-meter, 1,500, 1,600 medley relay)
  • Stockholm 1912, gold (4x400), silver (800)
Personal: Was a member of the Irish American Athletic Club in New York City...Was one of the first runners to set a fast pace early in the race...Led the field at the halfway mark in both of his Olympic 800-meter finals...Worked as the recreation director of the Millrose AA...Initially wanted to join the police force in New York, but was rejected because of a weak heart.