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 Ralph Waldo Rose

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Ralph Waldo Rose

Birth
Louisville, Jefferson County, Kentucky, USA
Death 16 Oct 1913 (aged 29)
San Francisco, San Francisco County, California, USA
Burial Healdsburg, Sonoma County, California, USA
Memorial ID 35611365 View Source
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A total six-time United States Olympic medalist in throwing events, won in three Olympic games, 1904, 1908, 1912. An impressive 6' 5½" and 250 pounds, Rose was the first shot putter to break 50 feet. His world record of 51' 0", set in 1909, lasted until 1925. Competing for the University of Michigan, he won both the shot put and discus at the Big Ten championships in 1904. Then, competing for the Olympic Club in San Francisco, California, he won seven Amateur Athletic Union national titles in the shot put, discus and javelin. Rose won a medal total of six Olympic medals: Gold in shot put, silver in discus, bronze in hammer throw in 1904; gold in shot put in 1908; gold in two-hand shot put, silver in shot put in i912. In the 1908 London games Rose, the opening ceremony US flag bearer, established a still-standing tradition when he refused (supported by a majority of his mostly Irish-descended US teammates) to dip (as other countries did) the US flag to the royal box where King Edward VII was reviewing the parade of nations. According to a 1952 account, Rose’s teammate Martin Sheridan stated, "This flag dips to no earthly king." At the age of 28 Rose died of typhoid fever, in San Francisco.


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Champion shot-putter of the world.


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