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Bob Kurland

Full name: Robert Albert "Bob" Kurland
Nickname(s): Foothills
Gender: Male
Height: 7'0" (213 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: December 23, 1924 in St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: September 29, 2013 in Sanibel Island, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Phillips 66ers, Bartlesville (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Basketball

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

Bob "Foothills" Kurland was the first dominating seven-footer to play college basketball; so dominant, in fact, that he caused the rule-makers to outlaw goal-tending, because he could block almost every shot from going into the basket. He is also recognized as the first hoopster to dunk a basketball in competition. In 1945 and 1946 he led his Oklahoma A&M team to the NCAA championship and then went on to play for six years with the Phillips 66ers, being named AAU All-America every year he played, and helping Phillips win three AAU National titles. He never played in the NBA, despite multiple offers. While playing with Phillips, Kurland became the first man to play on two Olympic championship teams. He recalled his greatest athletic thrill as being selected to carry the United States' flag at the closing ceremonies of the 1952 Games, a memory which he said always brought tears to his eyes. After the 1952 Olympics Kurland joined Phillips Petroleum’s marketing division and spent a 40-year business career with them. He and his wife later retired to Sanibel Island, Florida.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball Men's Basketball United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Basketball

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result PTS
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1948-08-13 USA 65, FRA 21 4
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1948-08-12 USA 71, MEX 40 10
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1948-08-09 USA 63, URU 28 19
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #1 1 1948-07-31 USA 86, SUI 21 9
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #6 1 1948-08-02 USA 53, TCH 28 6
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #10 1 1948-08-04 USA 66, EGY 28 15
1948 Summer 23 London Basketball United States USA Group C Match #14 1 1948-08-06 USA 61, PER 33 2
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1952-08-02 USA 36, URS 25 8
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1952-07-31 USA 85, ARG 76 6
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball United States USA Group B Match #2 1 1952-07-28 USA 86, URS 58 15
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball United States USA Group B Match #3 1 1952-07-29 USA 103, CHI 55 1
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball United States USA Group A Match #1 1 1952-07-25 USA 66, HUN 48 4
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball United States USA Group A Match #4 1 1952-07-26 USA 72, TCH 47 14
1952 Summer 27 Helsinki Basketball United States USA Group A Match #6 1 1952-07-27 USA 57, URU 44 21