John Cottrell

John Cottrell

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Oct 26, 1970

Grandpa Was Too Old to Race but Not to Win

Riding a lady's bicycle with a hamper on the handlebars, 66-year-old Gustav Hakansson, five times a grandfather, still beat the best young bicyclists in Sweden over 1,000 miles

Apr 30, 1973

The Madman of Everest

With no mountain-climbing experience, Maurice Wilson relied on yoga discipline and an antique airplane

Aug 30, 1971

Death En Route to Wimbledon

Jiro Satoh, the best tennis player Japan ever produced, found winning to preserve national honor too great a burden

Aug 28, 1972

Death and Suffrage at Epsom

Emily Davison hoped to advance her cause by bringing down the royal colors. But even while dying she was upstaged