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Jeremy Rich

on 15 July 1931. His father was the first man to play and teach others how to play soccer in the village. After attending a primary school. N’Jo Lea then enrolled at the Collgège Moderne secondary school in the city of Nkongsamba. He completed his initial secondary studies in 1951 and received a scholarship from the French colonial government to continue his education in France. The young Cameroonian student then joined a youth team at the mining town of Roche La Molière. Though N’Jo Lea had come to France to pass his baccalaureate examinations and then study law, he quickly realized he also could have a career in sport. After he scored a remarkable eleven goals in his first match for Roche La Molière, Jean Snella, the coach of the Saint-Etienne professional soccer team, convinced N’Jo Lea to join his French Ligue 1 club in 1954.

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Adam R. Hornbuckle

His father worked as a truck driver, and Whitfield grew up in Los Angeles, where his family moved when was four years old. Soon after relocating to California, his father died, as did his mother when he was twelve years old; his older sister Betty Clark gained legal custody of him to prevent him from being sent to an orphanage. In 1932 Whitfield snuck into the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, where the Olympic Games were being held, and witnessed Eddie Tolan and Ralph Metcalfe finish first and second, respectively, in the 100 meters, an event which inspired him to become a championship runner. After graduating Thomas Jefferson High School in 1943, he joined the U.S. Army Air Forces, and served in the racially segregated group known as the Tuskegee Airmen.

After the end of World War II in 1945 Whitfield continued to serve in the U S Army ...