Al Oerter

  • American athlete
  • Born September 19, 1936
  • Died October 1, 2007

Alfred Oerter Jr. (September 19, 1936 – October 1, 2007) was an American athlete and a four-time Olympic Champion in the discus throw. He was the first athlete to win a gold medal in the same individual event in four consecutive Olympic Games. Oerter is an inductee of the IAAF Hall of Fame.

I never set out to beat the world. I just set out to do my absolute best.

I don't compete with other discus throwers. I compete with my own history.

I don't think the discus will ever attract any interest until they let us start throwing them at each other.

To exercise at or near capacity is the best way I know of reaching a true introspective state. If you do it right, it can open all kinds of inner doors.