#WNSTSweet16 Greatest Local Olympic Sport Athletes

February 04, 2014 | Luke Jones

2. Bob Garrett, track and field

The 20-year-old was Baltimore’s original Olympic hero as he became the first modern champion in the discus throw and shot put in the 1896 Olympics in Athens. Garrett would add silver medals in the long jump and the high jump to his collection in the 1896 Summer Games.

Returning to the Olympics in Paris in 1900, Garrett earned the bronze in both the shot put and the standing triple jump to finish his competitive career. More importantly than his accomplishments in athletics, Garrett was a leader in the development of public recreational facilities in his native city and was the first chairman of Baltimore’s Department of Recreation and the combined Department of Recreation and Parks.


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