Comments for: John Thomas, US high jumper who medaled in two Olympics, dies at 71

Posted Jan. 25, 2013, at 6:22 p.m.

He was the overwhelming favorite in his event, so much so that U.S. sportswriters covering the 1960 Summer Olympics boasted that if Americans won just one gold medal over the rival Soviet Union at that year’s Games, it would be his. A skinny 19-year-old from Boston, John Thomas had been …

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