Credit John Orris/The New York Times
Norbert Shemansky was a Polish American hero. I remember watching him compete in the Olympics when I was a child. He inspired me to take up weight lifting when I started high school. Do read this article as well as the Sports Illustrated archive that is hotlinked in NYTimes. This was no dumb jock- his IQ was 132. I trust that his children and their offspring hold him in the highest regard.
“In competition largely outside the sports world spotlight, he awed crowds and was the first to win medals in four Olympics but felt unappreciated in his hometown.”