Death of Bob Mathias

November 17, 1930 - September 2, 2006
| Age 75

Olympic gold medalist and congressman, dead at 75
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At the 1948 Olympics in London, Bob Mathias became the youngest gold medalist to win a track and field event. British journalists asked the 17-year-old decathlon champion how he planned to celebrate.

"I guess I'll start shaving," he said.

Mathias died of cancer Saturday in Fresno at age 75, his record intact.

An Olympic historian said Sunday that Mathias' achievements, which included a second gold medal in decathlon at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics, came at a simpler...

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