23 May '12, 1pm

Their names may not trip off your tongue but these three Olympians deserve to be known.

Their names may not trip off your tongue but these three Olympians deserve to be known.

The London Olympics are almost here, so we'll be hearing again about the great American Olympic running legends: Billy Mills, Frank Shorter and Joan Benoit Samuelson. Their achievements are deservedly celebrated, but I like to throw light on the shadier patches of running history. Here are tributes to three American heroes whose stories deserve to be better known. RALPH HILL [SILVER MEDAL] 5,000m - Los Angeles, 1932 It was so close the judges conferred for an hour, finally awarding the first two the identical time, 14:30.0, an Olympic record. Ralph Hill was an inch or two--and a body block or two--from being the first American to win a long Olympic track race. He upset the usually dominant Finns by hanging with Lauri Lehtinen and Lauri Virtanen as they shared the lead and was challenging Lehtinen all round the final lap. The Los Angeles crowd booed as the Finn zigzagged to...

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