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Jim Ryun
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    (April 29, 1947- )
    Born in Wichita, Kansas
    Long distance runner
    Won a silver medal in 1500 meters at the 1968 Olympics
    Held the world record in the 1500 meters (1967-74) and the mile (1966-75)
    Named Athlete of the Year by ABC's Wide World of Sports and Sports Illustrated (1966)
    Won the James E. Sullivan Award as best amateur athlete (1966)
    Congressman representing Kansas's 2nd District (1996-2007)
    Ironically, the year that he set the world record in the mile and won all those athlete of the year awards, NCAA regulations barred him from competing for the University of Kansas since he was a freshman.
    He said, 'The two things I didn't ever want to do were coach and be in the political arena. I ended up doing both.'
    He was rated as the most conservative member of Congress by the National Journal (2006).
    When Mark Foley resigned from Congress for sending sexually explicit emails to teenage pages, he claimed to barely know Foley and to be unaware that they lived across the street from each other in DC.
    It was later revealed that he and Foley had held a block party on their street as a joint fundraiser, with invitations showing the pair side by side.
    He was the first high school student to run a four-minute mile.
    He was ranked as the #1 high school athlete of all time by
    He lost 50% of his hearing from a childhood case of measles and developed the Sounds of Success program to help children with hearing loss.
    He and his family host running camps each summer for high school athletes.
    He said, 'Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going.'

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