Dominant track and field athlete who won eight Olympic gold medals in the standing high jump, standing long jump, and standing triple jump.
He attended Purdue University, where he honed his athletic skills.
He set a world record in the standing long jump, which stood until the event was discontinued in 1930.
He was born in Lafayette, Indiana.
He held a record for most individual gold medals at the Olympics, which stood for 100 years before Michael Phelps broke it.