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Grad Recalls Runnin' In London

Grad Recalls Runnin' In LondonIn the wake of London winning the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, Tufts graduate and former Olympic runner Ted Vogel recalls the 1948 Games there.

Medford/Somerville, Mass. [07.13.05] London's successful bid to host the 2012 Summer Olympics will bring the Games there for the first time since 1948, when the blitz-battered city hosted the first Olympics to follow World War II. A Tufts graduate who ran in the Olympic marathon that year recalls the experience warmly and expects its sequel to be just as grand.

"The English will do a marvelous job. They did a great job in 1908 and 1948 and they'll do it again," Ted Vogel (A'49) told Foster's Daily Democrat of New Hampshire.

Vogel – still a Tufts undergraduate at the time – was one of three Americans to qualify for the Olympic marathon. His prior marathon experience included a second-place finish in the 1948 Boston Marathon, a third-place finish in the 1947 Boston Marathon and victory in the 1947 Yonkers Marathon.

Upon arriving in Britain just three years after the horrors of World War II, Vogel and his compatriots were treated like heroes.

"There were a lot of Americans who weren't sold on the reception we were going to get, but the reception was phenomenal and we took advantage of it," Vogel, now 79, recalled.

He came in 14 th place overall at the Olympics, but he still had a memorable finish.

"When I got into the stadium, they had already started the [gold medal] celebration, I guess, to do something while the crowd was waiting," he recalled to the newspaper. "As I got to the finish line, instead of getting a blanket and some water, everyone was standing at attention, so I did, too. Then I passed out at the end of the anthem and I needed medical attention."

The memories of his Olympic experience have not dimmed with the passage of years.

"It was a tremendous feeling, just unbelievable," Vogel told the Daily Democrat.










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