Gay Olympian by Tom Waddell
The Life and Death of Dr. Tom Waddell

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Tom Waddell perhaps did more to flout gay stereotypes than any other American. He was not effeminate; he was a world-class athlete. He was also a pheneomenon--a revelation to mainstream America when he appeared with his lover in People and on ABC's 20/20 when he was dying of AIDS. Now, celebrated sports writer Dick Schaap teams up with Waddell to offer an inspiring biography.

About Tom Waddell

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Schaap is a sports correspondent for ABC News, and host of "The Sports Reporters" on ESPN, winner of five Emmys and a CableAce Award.
Published May 21, 1996 by Knopf. 239 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Gay & Lesbian. Non-fiction

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An unrelentingly shallow biography of the decathlete and physician who founded the Gay Games, incorporating extensive chunks of Waddell's diary from the last five years of his life.

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Twenty years ago, former decathlete Dr. Tom Waddell posed with his male lover in the pages of this magazine.

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Tom Flubacher Waddell, New Jersey-born decathlete in the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and founder of the Gay Games, died of AIDS in San Francisco in 1987 at the age of 49, several months after Schaap had started work on this biography.

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