Full name: Harold Lee "Jack" Elder
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 170 lbs (77 kg)
Born: August 9, 1941 in Seattle, Washington, United States
Affiliations: Pacific Amateur Athletic Union
Country: United States
Jack Elder played football at Kent-Meridian High School in Washington, and was an All-State linebacker in 1958. He also competed in judo, earning a black belt when he was still in high school. Elder learned luge in the early 1960s when he was in the US Army (1962-66) and stationed near Berchtesgarden, Germany. He competed at the World Championships in 1965, 1967, 1970, and 1971 in addition to the 1972 Winter Olympics. In 1969 Elder was third in singles at the US and North American luge championships. In 1984, Elder came out of retirement and placed third in the US doubles in luge, but retired for good shortly thereafter. He spent 13 years (1973-85) as a radio broadcaster, and later was a director of sports and venue marketing from 1985-98. Also, from 1987-2008 Elder founded and was President of Oregon Sports Action, a group that investigated the possibility of bringing an Olympic Winter Games to Oregon. He has also been the development director for the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame Museum. He also had the distinction of appearing as an extra in a movie with Elvis Presley, “It Happened at the World’s Fair” (1962).
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