62 Lance Larson was an Olympic champion swimmer who was ultimately awarded a silver medal instead of gold in what is considered one of the most controversial calls in modern swimming history. Lance Larson’s legacy Born in Monterey Park, California, Larson set regional swimming records while attending El Monte High School and continued his early… Continue reading Olympic champion and record-holding swimmer dies at 83 – .
321 Shawnacy “Shawn” Barber was a Canadian pole vaulter who won his event in both the World Championships and Pam American Games in 2015. Shawn Barber’s legacy Born in Las Cruces, New Mexico, Barber held dual Canadian-American citizenship due to his parents’ nationalities, and he grew up in both countries. He said he considered Toronto… Continue reading world champion pole vaulter dies at 29 – .
516 Harald Hasselbach was an NFL player and defensive end for the Denver Broncos through two Super Bowl victories, including a start in the 1999 game. Harald Hasselbach’s legacy Hasselbach was born in Amsterdam and moved frequently throughout his childhood, spending time in such countries as the Netherlands, Indonesia, Kenya, and Canada. He was not… Continue reading two-time Super Bowl champion dies at 56 – .
18 Kyle LeDuc was a second-generation off-road racer with seven Pro 4 Championship Off-Road wins whose 30 years in racing netted over 100 wins throughout his career. Kyle LeDuc’s legacy LeDuc knew off-road racing from birth. His father, Curt LeDuc, had a 30-year off-road racing career of his own, competing in such high-profile events as… Continue reading off-road racing champion dies at 42 – .
286 Betsy Rawls was a professional golfer who won the U.S. Women’s Open four times, among dozens of other career wins on the LPGA Tour. Betsy Rawls’ legacy In 1951, not long after she graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a degree in physics, Rawls came in second at the U.S. Women’s… Continue reading LPGA champion dies at 95 – .
236 Tom Courtney was an Olympic sprinter known for a last-second victory in the 800-meter race at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. Tom Courtney’s legacy Courtney was a track star at Fordham University who set world records, including in the two-mile relay and 600-yard dash. He was even featured on a Sports Illustrated… Continue reading Olympic champion dies at 90 – .
199 Jim Hines was an Olympic champion in track and field who became the first person to run the 100-meter dash in under 10 seconds. Jim Hines’s legacy Hines made history at the 1968 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California, when he ran the 100-meter dash with an official time of 9.9… Continue reading Olympic champion dies at 76 – .
54 Jim Ferree was a PGA Tour champion and the model for the first Senior PGA Tour logo. PGA success Ferree began playing golf at a young age, coached by his father, also a professional golfer. He honed his skill on his high school team and at the University of North Carolina, as well as… Continue reading PGA Tour champion dies at 91 – .
Bob Richards was an Olympic gold medalist in pole vaulting who became the first athlete featured on the front of Wheaties cereal boxes. The Vaulting Vicar Richards was ordained as a minister in the Church of the Brethren in 1946. When he first came to prominence as he competed in the 1948 Summer Olympics in… Continue reading Olympic champion dies at 97