Track Great Jim Fuchs '50 Honored at First Annual Track and Field Dinner

Feb. 2, 2006

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NEW YORK, N.Y. - Over 100 friends of Yale Track and Field gathered at the Yale Club in New York City on Thursday, February 2 to honor the great Jim Fuchs '50, former Yale and Olympic track and field champion. Over 5 decades of track alumni were in attendance, along with current Yale track athletes, parents, coaches, and friends of Yale Track and Field.

Fuchs, accompanied by several family members, entertained and inspired the track savvy crowd and recounted some of his Yale triumphs, which included some lighter moments and fond memories of the great coach Bob Giegengack. Fuchs described how he innocently revolutionized the sport as he experimented with new throwing techniques while recovering from an early knee injury. He received a warm reception from all in attendance and was clearly touched by the honor of the evening.

Some of Fuchs' many awards and accomplishments in track and field include:

· 2005 USA Track and Field Hall of Fame Inductee

· Shot Put World Record Holder

· Olympic Bronze Medalist, 1948,1952

. First Annual Pan American Games (Buenos Aires, 1951) Shot Put and Discus Champion

· NCAA Shot Put Champion, 1949

· IC4A Indoor Shot Put Champion, 1948, 49, and 50

· IC4A Outdoor Shot Put Champion, 1949

· HEPS Outdoor Shot Put Champion, 1949 and 1950

· HEPS Indoor Shot Put Champion, 1949

· Yale School Record Holder in the Shot Put for 55 Years

. Yale Harvard - Oxford Cambridge Meet Record Holder