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1. "The time you won your town the race..." Our first athlete was an American distance runner who competed in the 1972 Olympics. Born in Coos Bay, Oregon, he held the American record in seven different distance events before dying at age 24 in a 1975 auto accident. Who was he?
2. "Smart lad, to slip betimes away..." "Sports Illustrated" used the third stanza of Housman's "Athlete Dying Young" in an article on the 1943 death of the 1939 Heisman Trophy winner. Who was this Iowa Hawkeye who died at age 24 as a U.S. Navy pilot?
3. "The garland briefer than a girl's...." A five-time World X Games champion skier who helped persuade Olympic officials to add her sport to the 2014 Winter Games sadly died at age 29 in a training accident in 2012, before she could compete as the gold-medal favorite in the superpipe event. Who was this Canadian athlete who may have been named after Abraham's wife?
4. "Too full already is the grave...." In the 1972 Summer Olympics held in Munich, Germany, 11 members of one country's team were massacred by Palestinian terrorists. The youngest athlete on our quiz, a wrestler named Mark Slavin, was one of the victims. What nation did this 18-year-old and his teammates represent?
5. "When I was two-and-twenty...." Our next athlete died at age 22 after being chosen second overall by the Boston Celtics in the 1986 NBA Draft. Who was this two-time Maryland All-American who died of a cocaine overdose two days after being drafted?
6. "Hark, the empty highways crying...." The oldest athlete on the quiz died at age 32 when a helicopter he was piloting crashed on the infield of Talladega Raceway in Alabama in 1993. Who was this 19-time NASCAR race winner and eldest son of a member of the NASCAR Hall of Fame?
7. "Football then was fighting sorrow..." Our next athlete was an undrafted free agent who took five years to work his way up to starting fullback for the Chicago Bears, only to be brought down by cancer at age 26 in 1970. Who was this Wake Forest running back who led the nation in rushing and scoring his senior year?
8. "But my day is the day of battle..." Winner of the heavyweight boxing gold medal in the 1952 Olympics, our next athlete died from injuries in a match in 1954 against Willie James. Who was this 24-year-old who never recovered consciousness after being knocked out in the eleventh round of only his eighth fight over his nine-month professional career?
9. "But let the screaming echoes rest..." In 1920 a Cleveland Indian shortstop became the only Major League baseball player in the 20th Century to die from injuries sustained in a game, after being beaned by Yankee Carl Mays. Who was this 29-year-old who led the American League in walks and runs in 1918?
10. "Townsman of a stiller town." Our last athlete was the only NHL player to die from injuries sustained during a game in the 20th Century. Who was this 29-year-old Minnesota North Star who scored the new franchise's first goal?
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