Olympic decathlon champ Bob Mathias, Sept. 2

<B>Olympic decathlon champ Bob Mathias, Sept. 2</B><BR> Bob Mathias, a small-town wonder from the San Joaquin Valley farming community of Tulare who was an unknown teenager when he won the first of his two Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and later served four terms as a U.S. congressman representing California, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. He was 75. A remarkable athlete who also played fullback for Stanford in the 1952 Rose Bowl, Mathias was unbeaten in 11 decathlons in his career, four times won national Amateur Athletic Union championships and three times set world records
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Olympic decathlon champ Bob Mathias, Sept. 2
Bob Mathias, a small-town wonder from the San Joaquin Valley farming community of Tulare who was an unknown teenager when he won the first of his two Olympic gold medals in the decathlon and later served four terms as a U.S. congressman representing California, died Saturday, Sept. 2, 2006. He was 75. A remarkable athlete who also played fullback for Stanford in the 1952 Rose Bowl, Mathias was unbeaten in 11 decathlons in his career, four times won national Amateur Athletic Union championships and three times set world records

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