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The Greatest Athlete (You've Never Heard Of) - Canada's First Olympic Gold Medallist - cover

The Greatest Athlete (You've Never Heard Of) - Canada's First Olympic Gold Medallist

Mark Hebscher

Publisher: Dundurn

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Summary

The story of Canada's first gold-medal Olympian and the greatest runner of his generation
George Washington Orton's other achievements are just as impressive: he spoke nine languages fluently, was a brilliant scholar, and introduced hockey to Philadelphia
Despite all this, Orton is such an obscure figure now that even the whereabouts of his historic gold medal were unknown until now
Author is a long-time sports broadcaster and journalist

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