When Two 1936 Medalists Tied For Olympic Silver, They Hatched A Bold Plan To Avoid A Tiebreak

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The Olympics Games represent a high standard high among sporting events, not just in athletic prowess but in the ethos that surrounds them. And at no time is the “Olympic Spirit” more important than in periods of real-world conflict and prejudice. And when Japanese pole vaulters and pals Shuhei Nishida and Sueo Oe realized they were in a tiebreak at the 1936 Berlin games, they devised a plan that chose friendship over victory.

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