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Before He Was Muhammad Ali: The Amateur Boxer Who Won Gold at the 1960 Olympics

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The boxer won the Light Heavyweight gold medal at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome when he was just 18 years old. Early on in his career, Muhammad Ali went by his given name: Cassius Clay. As one of the most significant athletes of the 20th century, Ali has held his fair share of titles—notably winning heavyweight titles at the age of 22—but one of his first was that of Olympic gold medalist. During the 1960 Summer Olympic Games in Rome, Ali beat out Polish boxer Zbigniew Pietrzykowski for the gold before turning professional later that year. But there’s much more to Ali than just his career as a boxer. In addition to his athletic accomplishments, Ali was also an…

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Remembering Muhammad Ali: My Brush with ‘The Greatest’

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Millions of people around the world were saddened last week to learn of the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali. While news reports surfaced earlier in the week of his failing health, the announcement that he died was still a hard blow. Though I have never seen him box nor do I follow the sport, I certainly knew who Muhammad Ali was through his media interviews, good deeds and charity work. So it was a surprise that I had the chance to meet “The Great One,” at the LA Convention Center in March of 1994. I had always wanted to run a marathon and for several months I trained at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena with a friend. The weekend…

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