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The Greatest Athlete You've Never Heard of: Canada's First Olympic Gold Medallist

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Publisher:
Dundurn Pr Ltd
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-13:
9781459743359
Release Date:
March 12, 2019
Pages:
240
Canada's first Olympic gold medallist couldn't walk until he was ten, and became the greatest runner of his generation.

Paralyzed as a child, George Washington Orton eventually recovered, and never slowed down again, winning Canada’s first gold medal in the 2,500-metre steeplechase at the 1900 Paris Olympics. Beyond that, he was a teacher, coach, author, and member of the American Academy of Poets. A brilliant scholar, he could understand twelve languages and was fluent in nine.

Orton was a sports pioneer in other ways, introducing the idea of numbered football jerseys, and bringing hockey to Philadelphia, where he formed the first league and built the first indoor arena. Orton is enshrined in seven Halls of Fame — all of them posthumously.