In 1948, at the age of seventeen, Robert B. Mathias beacame the youngest man ever to win the Olympic Decathlon. He also scored more total points in the competition than anyone before him. As a result, of course, he was lionized by sports fans. He was named the outstanding U.S. amateur athlete of the year, and showered with accolades from all over the world.
After an achievement like that, even the most seasoned competitor would have been hard-pressed for an encore — but not this astounding Kiski athlete. Bob simply went back to The Games in 1952 and became the first man in history to win the Decathlon twice.
He also found time to lead his Stanford football squad to the Rose Bowl that year, and clinched the berth with the 96-yard kickoff return that defeated U.S.C.
When he finished college, Bob signed on to serve his country — first as a Captain in the Marine Corps, then as a four-term United States congressman from the State of California. He later went on to work as Director of the U.S. Olympic Committee Training Center in Colorado Springs, and as an indpendent sports consultant.