Sunday, January 10, 2016

Connellsville Canteen to honor anniversary of 1936 Olympics

Did you know Connellsville spawned an Olympic gold medalist?

Connellsville native Johnny Woodruff won a gold medal in the 1936 Olympics in the 800-meter race using a pretty brilliant tactic--when he was boxed in by other runners, he stopped in his tracks, moved to the third lane, then passed everyone to win the race in 1:52.9.

The Connellsville Canteen will be featuring an exhibit on Woodruff and the 1936 Olympics to honor the 80th anniversary of the event. The exhibit will open on May 1 and will run through the rest of the year. It will include rare photos of Woodruff and other winners, as well as one of the first original torches used in the torch relay from Olympia, Greece, to Berlin, Germany. A model of the Hindenburg will also be included to illustrate its role in the Olympics.

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