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(History's) Greatest Olympians Finder Image, Inc. - 1983
Note: Well, mostly "greatest American olympians" because 95 of the 99 athletes represented the U.S. To be fair, the set was issued to promote the 1984 LosAngeles Games, and it's difficult getting permission to use photos if you go totally international. This may be the reason that the Jean-Claude Killy card was removed from later printings. "Regular" rack- packs were marked "History's Greatest Olympians Trading Cards - Collector's Edition" with a yellow header card; cards show the "Stars in Motion" logo on fronts and the card- back copyright line of "© 1983 FII mfg under license of L.A.O.O.C.," and were most commonly distributed in 1984. A 99-card boxed set was also released. A 7-Eleven rack-pack of 36 cards, entitled "Trading Cards of History's Greatest Olympians" with a red header card is more scarce; cards have the Olympic "5-Rings" logo instead of "Stars in Motion." The cards from this printing are often called the "Black Ring" variant, and card backs have the notice "© 1983 Finder Image Int'l." Thanks to Erick Kruse for assistance!
No. Olympian Headline 1 Al Oerter Oerter Wins Fourth Consecutive Discus Gold 2 Harriet Bland Bland Leads Off U.S. Women to Upset Relay Win 3 Brian Goodell Goodell Breaks World Record in 1500 Freestyle 4 Edward Crook Crook Defeats Pole for Boxing Gold Medal 5 Dan Gable Dan Gable - World's Greatest Wrestler 6 Dorothy Hamill Hamill Wins Figure Skating Gold Medal Easily 7 Arnie Robinson Robinson Adds Long Jump Gold to 72 Silver 8 Barbara Cochran Cochran Ekes Out Slalom Victory 9 Bill Bradley Bradley Leads U.S. Hoopsters to Basketball Gold 10 Mike Burton Burton Defends 1500 Freestyle - First Ever! 11 Pete George Pete George Wins Weightlifting Gold Medal 12 Jill Sterkel Sterkel Helps U.S. Upset East Germany in Relay 13 Charles Dumas Dumas Pressed But Wins High Jump Gold Medal 14 Karl Warner Warner Helps U.S. to Relay Win and World Record 15 Shane Gould Gould Glitters as She Wins Third Gold Medal 16 Jennifer Chandler Chandler Takes Springboard Gold Easily 17 Don Bragg Favored Bragg Comes Through in Pole Vault 18 Sonja Henie Henie Wins Third Figure Skating Gold Medal 19 George Foreman Foreman Wins - Waves U.S. Flag in Exultation 20 Duke Kahanamoku Duke Wins Re-Swim of 100 Meter Final 21 Bill Toomey Toomey Wins Decathlon Gold Medal 22 Ray Ewry Ewry Wins Tenth Gold Medal!! 23 John Naber Naber's World Record Wins Fourth Gold Medal 24 Sammy Lee Sammy Lee Defends Olympic Platform Title 25 Doreen Wilber Wilber Wins First Olympic Archery Title for Women 26 Milt Campbell Milt Campbell Wins Decathlon with Ease 27 Ard Schenk Schenk Wins Third Speed Skating Gold Medal 28 Jim Montgomery Montgomery Cracks 50 Second Barrier - Wins Gold 29 Rod Milburn Milburn's World Record Gains Olympic Gold 30 Hal Connolly Connolly Matches Fiancee Wins Hammer Gold 31 Charles Hickcox Hickcox Wins Third Gold Medal in Medley Relay 32 Parry O'Brien O'Brien Defends Olympic Shot Put Title 33 Jim Craig U.S. Defeats Finland - Craig Sparkles in Goal! 34 Kathy Ellis Ellis Anchors U.S. to Medley Relay Victory 35 Bob Seagren Seagren Wins Marathon Pole Vault Duel 36 Mike Eruzione U.S. 4 - USSR 3! - Eruzione Scores Winning Goal! 37 Jim Thorpe Thorpe Proclaimed World's Greatest Athlete 38 Micki King Micki King Takes Springboard Gold 39 Babe Didrikson "The Babe" Wins Another! 40 Lee Evans Evans Shatters 400 Meter World Record! 41 Eddit Tolan Tolan Completes Sprint Double - Wins 200 42 Mike Bruner Mike Bruner Wins Second Olympic Gold Medal 43 Pete Rademacher Rademacher Takes Heavyweight Boxing Gold 44 Dave Wottle Wottle's Mad Dash Takes Olympic 800 45 Mike Larrabee Larrabee Wins Second Gold Medal in 1600 Relay 46 Peter Mueller Mueller Takes Gold in 1000 Meter Speed Skating 47 Chris von Saltza Von Saltza Relay Anchor Gives Her Third Gold Medal 48 Lanny Bassham Bassham Wins Rifle Gold - Shares Victory Stand 49 Jesse Owens Owens Wins Fourth Gold on Relay Team 50 Bruce Jenner Jenner Becomes World's Greatest Athlete 51 Steve Riddick Riddick Anchors U.S. to 400 Meter Relay Victory 52 Matt Vogel Matt Vogel Wins Second Olympic Gold Medal 53 Cy Young Young Wins First Olympic Javelin Title for U.S. 54 Madeline Manning Manning Wins 800 - Upsets East Europeans 55 Dick Button Dick Button Wins Again - What Else Is New? 56 Wayne Wells Wells Wins Welterweight Wrestling Gold 57 Eddie Eagan Eagan Completes Winter/Summer Double 58 Rod Strachan Strachan's World Record Brings Him Swim Gold 59 Bob Mathias Mathias First To Defend Olympic Decathlon 60 Wyomia Tyus Tyus First Ever To Defend 100 Meter Sprint 61 Bobby Morrow Morrow Anchors Relay Win - Gains 3rd Gold 62 Bill Steinkraus Steinkraus Wins Equestrian Jumping Gold 63 Oscar Robertson Robertson Leads U.S. to Basketball Gold 64 Sheila Young Young Strikes Gold in Olympic Speed Skating 65 Mel Pender Pender Wins gold Medal in 400 Meter Relay 66 Ron Freeman Freeman Astounds in 1600 Meter Relay Win 67 Dawn Fraser Fraser Wins Third Straight 100 Freestyle 68 Melissa Belote Belote Wins Third Swimming Gold Medal 69* Jean-Claude Killy Killy Wins Disputed Slalom Race for Third Gold 69* Checklist 70 Jim Hines Hines Wins 100 Gold - Breaks World Record 71 Donna DeVarona DeVarona Wins Individual Medley Gold Medal 72 Anne Henning Henning Wins 500 Meter Gold Twice! 73 Martin Sheridan Sheridan - Nine Olympic Medals - Five Gold! 74 John Williams Williams First Olympic Archery Champion in 52 Years 75 Cathy Ferguson Ferguson Wins Second Gold in Medley Relay 76 Pat McCormick McCormick Completes Double-Double 77 Floyd Patterson Patterson Wins Olympic Middleweight Boxing 78 Ben Peterson Ben Peterson Defeats Soviet to Win Wrestling Gold 79 Vicky Draves Draves Wins Platform Diving - Completes Double 80 Klaus DiBiasi DiBiasi Wins Third Platform Diving Gold 81 Gretchen Fraser Fraser Wins Slalom Gold for Second Olympic Medal 82 Debbie Meyer Meyer Wins 800 - Completes Triple 83 Ralph Boston Boston Wins Long Jump - Breaks Owens' Record 84 Sim Iness Iness Brings Olympic Discus Crown Back to U.S. 85 Phil Boggs Boggs a Runaway Victor in Springboard Diving 86 Lance Larson Larson Robbed of Swim Gold Medal 87 Shirley Babashoff Babashoff Anchors U.S. Women to First Swim Gold 88 Harrison Dillard Dillard Nips David To Win Fourth Gold 89 Bruce Furniss Furniss Beats Naber - Leads U.S. Sweep 90 Dianne Holum Holum Wins 4th Olympic Speed Skating Medal 91 Jerry West West Stars as U.S. Hoopsters Wins Gold 92 Cassius Clay Clay Wins Olympic Light-Heavyweight Gold Medal 93 John Hencken Hencken Wins Third Gold, Fifth Medal 94 Wilma Rudolph Wilma Rudolph Anchors Relay - Wins Third Gold Medal 95 Mal Whitfield Whitfield Wins 3rd Gold - Defends 800 Title 96 Don Schollander Schollander Wins 4th Swim Gold - Most Ever 97 Glenn Davis 400 Hurdles Gold? Glenn Davis, of Course 98 Joe Frazier Frazier Overcomes Broken Thumb To Win Gold 99 Buster Crabbe Crabbe Edges Out Frenchman in 400 Freestyle Searchwords: jahoc, yr1983, mfrFinderImage, catEvents©2000, 2002, 2009, 2017 Jeff Allender. Comments, updates, & corrections are welcomed!