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Category: Medal Winners, Olympic Athletes, Track & Field

Highlights: Rafer Johnson was a decathlon gold medalist at the 1960 Olympics and a silver medal at the 1956 Olympics.

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Rafer Johnson won a gold medal in the decathlon at the 1960 Olympics and a silver medal at the 1956 Olympics. Johnson has received a host of honors for his accomplishments on and off the field. In 1958, he was named Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year and, in 1960, he won the Sullivan Award as the nation’s top amateur athlete. Johnson also had the honor of lighting the Olympic flame at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. In 1994, he was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame and, in 1998, he was named by ESPN as one of the 100 Greatest North American Athletes of the 20th Century.

After he retired from competition, Johnson launched a second career in acting and appeared in such movies as Pirates of Tortuga, The Last Grenade, Wild in the Country, Soul Soldier, the James Bonds movie License to Kill and two Tarzan films. Johnson has been a big supporter of the Special Olympics. He attended his first event 1968 in Chicago and helped found the California Special Olympics the next year and sat on the original Board of Directors. He would later serve as president of the Board and chairman of the Board of Governors. Johnson attended college at UCLA, where he also played basketball under coach John Wooden. He was a starter during the 1959-60 season.

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