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Gene Vidal

Full name: Eugene Luther "Gene" Vidal
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: April 13, 1895 in Madison, South Dakota, United States
Died: February 20, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

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Biography

Gene Vidal is now best known as the father of famed author, Gore Vidal. But Gene Vidal had quite a life of his own. He played quarterback at West Point, making some All-American teams. He later taught aeronautics at West Point and was a pioneer in the aviation industry. He was the Director of the Commerce Department's Bureau of Air Commerce from 1933–1937, and was one of the first Army Air Corps pilots. In one of the biographies of Amelia Earhart, Vidal is described as the great love of her life. Vidal founded three American airlines during the 1920s-30s, which later became Eastern Airlines, TWA, and Northeast Airlines (founded with Earhart). He was also an investor in the Boston and Maine Railroad.

Personal Bests: Decathlon – 5,781 (1920); 6462.320* (1922).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics Men's Decathlon United States USA 7

Men's Decathlon

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank P(1912BT) P(1985T) T D H
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States Final Standings 7 6,358.570 5.489
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 100 metres 7T 666.8 605 12.0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 100 metres Heat Eight 1 666.8 605 12.0
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States Long jump 9 639.850 615 6.130
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States Shot put 9 582 556 11.16
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States High jump 4T 608 504 1.65
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 400 metres 9T 718.00 565 55.7
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 400 metres Heat Three 2 718.00 565 55.7
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles 9 800.5 589 17.1
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 110 metre hurdles Heat Six 2 800.5 589 17.1
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States Discus throw 3 699.42 610 37.30
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States Pole vault 2T 649 431 3.30
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States Javelin throw 13 293.800 375 35.32
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 1,500 metres 3 701.2 639 4:46.6
1920 Summer 25 Antwerpen Athletics United States 1,500 metres Heat One 2 701.2 639 4:46.6