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The Dorothy Doolittle Collection - Men’s Discus Throw

Elgin Public Library

Silent | 1980s

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  •  Jay Silvester competed for the US Olympic Team at the 1964, 1968, 1972, and 1976 Summer Olympics, winning a silver medal in discus throw.  
  •  Knut Hjeltnes qualified for four Norway Olympic Teams, ultimately competing at the 1976, 1984, and 1988 Summer Olympics. He still holds the Norwegian record with 69.62 meters. 
  •  Mac Wilkins competed on the US Olympic Team at the 1976, 1984, and 1988 Summer Olympics, winning a gold and silver medal in discus throw.  
  •  Wolfgang Schmidt competed for East Germany at the 1976 Summer Olympics, where he won the silver medal in discus throw. 
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Compiled by esteemed track and field coach Dorothy Doolittle of Elgin, this slow-motion footage captures professional athletes performing the discus throw at various competitions in the early 1980s. All of the athletes are former Olympians, including Jay Silvester, Knut Hjeltnes, Mac Wilkins, and Wolfgang Schmidt.
Dorothy Doolittle is a former track and field athlete and coach from Elgin, Texas. She began her running career while she was a student at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. At the time, the longest distance women were allowed to run was 800 meters. After graduating in 1969, Doolittle began running marathons, making her one of the first women to do so. At one time, she ranked fifth in the nation and sixth in the world. Her last marathon was the inaugural Chicago Mayor Daley Marathon (now the Bank of America Chicago Marathon) on September 25, 1977. With a time of 2:50:47, she became the first woman to win the race. 
By the mid-1970s, Doolittle also began a career in coaching. She served as the head coach for women’s track and field teams at both high school and collegiate levels, including Elgin High School, McGregor Middle School, Austin Westlake High School, the University of Missouri-Columbia, the University of Houston, Stanford University, and the University of Tennessee. Doolittle also coached multiple US Olympic teams in track and field events. 
Doolittle currently lives in Austin.