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Interview–Don Gehrmann–1948 Olympics 7th 1500m; 4-time Wisc State HS champ
Joined: May 2009
My March interview is with one of the greatest mile champions in U.S. history, 83 year old Don Gehrmann at http://www.garycohenrunning.com/Interviews/Gehrmann.aspx Don discusses finishing 7th in the 1948 Olympic 1,500 meters at age 20 after winning the Olympic Trials 1,500 meters, winning 39 consecutive major mile races, winning the Millrose Games Wanamaker Mile four straight years, setting two World Records for the 1,000 yard run, winning three NCAA titles at 1,500 meters & the mile, being two-time runner up at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, holding the record for the most Big Ten titles with twelve, being named ‘Top Big Ten Miler of the First 100 Years’ in 2003, winning two Big Ten individual X-C crowns, leading Wisconsin to two team titles & three times being named the Drake Relays Outstanding Performer, and his four Wisconsin high school state championships (Mile in 1945 & 1946; X-C in 1944 & 1945). Also ‘Inside Stuff’ like a ‘Funny Memory’ while racing in Paris and his ‘First Job’ at 35 cents per hour in his most in-depth interview ever. What would have been if Don wasn't working full-time, married and had two kids by the 1952 Olympics at age 24? Don was kind enough to spend one and a half hours on the telephone in February, 2011. Enjoy!
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