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article imageRemembering Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz: 20 years today

By Markos Papadatos     Jan 26, 2016 in Sports
Today marks the 20-year anniversary of the tragic death of Olympic gold medalist Dave Schultz, the brother of fellow Olympian Mark Schultz.
Dave was killed on Jan. 26, 1996, by eccentric millionaire John du Pont.
Along with his younger brother, Mark, they were the only brother duo in wrestling history to win the Olympic Games in 1984 and the World Championships that year. They were subsequently honored by President Reagan and First Lady Nancy Reagan at the White House.
Left to right: Nancy Reagan  Mark Schultz  President Ronald Reagan  Dave Schultz
Left to right: Nancy Reagan, Mark Schultz, President Ronald Reagan, Dave Schultz
Courtesy of Mark Schultz
Their life was made into the major motion picture, Foxcatcher, where Oscar-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo portrayed Dave. Mark also wrote a sports autobiography in 2014 entitled Foxcatcher, which was a best-seller.
Alexander Schultz and Mark Ruffalo
Alexander Schultz and Mark Ruffalo
Alexander Schultz
In July of 2015, Mark and Dave were inducted into the Peninsula Sports Hall of Fame.
In 1997, Dave was posthumously inducted into the prestigious National Wrestling Hall of Fame as a distinguished member.
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