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Opening of Al Oerter Recreation Center
$50-million Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing, Queens has been opened on March 7th 2009. "This facility has first-class athletic equipment and training space including a cardio room, weights, an indoor racquetball court, a gymnasium, and an aerobics room.

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The 100th running of the Drake Relays
Drake Relays: Athletes don't fade away after stardom. Oerter set the pace for Drake Relays fan favorites who took unique career paths once they left the athletic arena, such as Gwen Torrence, who went from Olympic sprint champion to hairdresser, and distance runner Jim Ryun, who was elected to Congress.

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Al Oerter (1936 - 2007)

Olympic Gold Medalist - Discus 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968


Al Oerter is the only athlete to win the same Olympic event four times in a row setting Olympic records each time. His Olympic accomplishments are legend enough but the man, Al Oerter, is remembered by family, friends and fans as a man of integrity, humility and kindness. His simple human decency won the hearts of many. He lived life to the fullest and did his best in all life’s endeavors. Al’s legacy in sport will linger on in perpetuity but perhaps more importantly, Al gave our children and generations to come an example that the inherent goodness of mankind does makes a difference in the lives of others. Al’s contribution and generosity to the Sport of Athletics is a model for humanity to follow.

"If we strive to be the best we can be each day, we can do some wonderful things on this earth."

Al Oerter

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