Unfulfilled Hopes

In some cases, valiant efforts are not enough. In other cases, those whose success could have lifted the hopes of others fail to do so.

    • Derek Richmond

      Derek Richmond was born in England in 1965 to parents of West Indian heritage. Growing up, he realized he had exceptional speed. At 20, he broke the British record for the 400 meters. He ran races as a solo performer and a member of a relay team. In 1986, his relay...

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    • Robert Garrett

      Robert Garrett was born in Maryland in 1875. He came from one of the wealthiest and most distinguished families in Maryland. At Princeton, he was a star athlete in track and field. He was competitive in both shot-put and jumping events. When Greece revived the...

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    • Over a Barrell

      Annie Taylor was born in 1838 in New York. Her father died when she was 12 and left the family well off. Annie was able to earn a teaching degree. She married soon after she earned her degree. Her child died as an infant and her husband died soon after. Annie began to...

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