Saturday, July 05, 2003

With my Olympics planning now underway I thought I'd choose an Olympian as this week's Amputee of the Week.

In the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, the gold medal for men's waterpolo went to Hungary.

One member of that team was Oliver Hallasy.

It was a second gold medal for Hallasy; he'd also won the top prize for waterpolo four years earlier in Los Angeles.

In the intervening period, however, he'd been amputated below the knee following a streetcar accident.

Have there been any other amputee athletes to have taken part in the "regular" Olympics? I'm not sure -- but I reckon someone will tell me if there have. In the meantime Oliver Hallasy takes the gold medal as Amputee of the Week.

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