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October 01, 2009

Remembering The 1952 Olympics

As the U.S. waits to find out if Chicago has won the bid for the 2016 Olympics, Marjorie Larney remembers her own Olympic experience more than fifty years ago.

Marjorie was a fifteen year old javelin thrower when she traveled to Helsinki for the 1952 Olympic Games. Before the competition began, young Marjorie sneaked out and stumbled upon a sports shop with a beautiful javelin in the window. When she realized she couldn't afford it, the kind shopkeeper cut the price in half and wrapped it up for her to take home. It was a kind gesture that was made all the more significant when Marjorie saw this man next at the opening ceremonies. The shopkeeper, unbeknownst to Marjorie, was a former Olympic great, and was chosen to light the Olympic flame of the 1952 Games.

Marjorie tells Dick how the former Olympian's kindness inspired her to compete harder than she ever had before

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