Olympian helps betray recovered compare torch

March 20, 2015 - storage organizer

Match Stick 5K/10K Challenge organizer John Powell, left, and Wadsworth proprietor Bill Braunlich exhibit a easy rite compare hang Olympian Dave Wottle hold during a Blue Tip Festival march in 1973 after winning a 800-meter bullion award during a 1972 Games in Munich, West Germany. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Match Stick 5K/10K Challenge organizer John Powell, left, and Wadsworth proprietor Bill Braunlich exhibit a easy rite compare hang Olympian Dave Wottle hold during a Blue Tip Festival march in 1973 after winning a 800-meter bullion award during a 1972 Games in Munich, West Germany. (ANDREW DAVIS / GAZETTE)

Andrew Davis and Lawrence Pantages | The Gazette

Many communities horde a stretch using eventuality once a year. But how many can gloat that an Olympic Games bullion award leader was once a grand organise of a festival march that accompanied a race?

Well, Wadsworth can.

The city hosted a news discussion Thursday to foster a Jun 26 Match Stick 5K/10K Challenge — and featured Dave Wottle on a video discussion call.

Wottle won a 800-meter competition for a United States during a 1972 Olympics in Munich, West Germany. The Stark County local had been a college lane star during Bowling Green State University before creation a U.S. Olympic team. Though a 1,500-meter eventuality was his specialty, an estimation of a mile run, he finished adult winning bullion in a 800 meters.

Because he had Wadsworth ties during that time in his career, Wottle supposed an invitation to be a Blue Tip Festival march organise in 1973 and carried a vast wooden, rite flame made like a blue tip match. Wadsworth’s annual Blue Tip Festival and march celebrates a former Ohio Match Co.’s days as one of a world’s distinguished compare manufacturers.

After festival in 1973, a flame was housed for 42 years during a building formidable now called Ohmat Enterprises Inc. during 254 Main St. in Wadsworth. The formidable is used as business room space and owned by Jay Ruedlinger and his father, Richard, who bought a building from Ohio Match Co. in 1987.

“My father remembered a story of a matchstick and remembered that it was in storage,” Ruedlinger said.

Ruedlinger watched as a flame was denounced by officials Thursday, who pronounced it will be used now and in a destiny to insert nameplates with winners from a city races.

A mechanism guard display Wottle around a video camera was incited so he could see a flame again. He removed that liquid lighting a abandon began to run down his arm during a 1973 parade. He pronounced jokingly that he wondered if a glow from a flame was going to overflow him.

Wottle spoke to a organisation from his home in Memphis, Tenn. Now 64, he pronounced he called Wadsworth home for 3 years in a early 1970s.

He pronounced he lerned during a Wadsworth High School lane and also “jumped a fence” to sight infrequently during circuitously Copley High in Summit County.

Before Wottle told stories and answered questions about his life and career, a mechanism dialed into a YouTube video of a 1972 competition in Munich.

The assembly relived his famous come-from-behind finish as Wottle gave a play-by-play of a movement on a screen. Though he was in a behind of a pack, even 500 meters into a race, he held everybody by a finish. “The margin came behind to me,” he said, definition a runners during a front had slowed.

Wottle reminded everybody that he had usually started competing in a 800, also called a half-mile, only dual months before a Olympics. He had finished so as a idea from his manager to urge his workouts.

“I elite a miler,” he said. “I never favourite it (the 800). Doing a half was training for speed.”

Part of Wottle’s celebrity was given he wore an creamy top that routinely would be ragged on a golf course. Asked to tell a story of a cap’s origin, Wottle pronounced he had suffered highlight fractures in both legs in 1971 and during prohibited days of training, he began wearing a cap.

“I only got used to wearing it during training,” he said.

Wottle pronounced he gave a top he wore during a Olympics to a lane and margin museum in New York City, partial of a sport’s gymnasium of fame. “The shawl got there 3 years before we did,” he pronounced with a laugh.

Wottle, who worked in college educational administration starting during Walsh University in Stark County before timid in 2012, pronounced he hasn’t run “consistently” given 1976, when he late from a veteran lane and margin circuit.

“I was a shy, introvert from North Canton and was so blessed,” he said. “It is engaging a approach things work out.”

Racers can pointer adult for a 5K/10K Challenge during www.matchstickrace.com. Registration is $28.50 by Mar 31 and $30.50 after that.

Contact contributor Andrew Davis during (330) 721-4050 or adavis@medina-gazette.com.

Contact Lawrence Pantages during (330) 721-4065 or lpantages@medina-gazette.com.

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