Al Oerter was a large man at 6' 4" and 280 pounds, who won the discus championship in 1957 and 1958 for the University of Kansas where he attended college.
His Olympic career was studded with gold where he won top place in four consecutive Olympics, 1956, 1960, 1964, and 1968. This made him the first athlete in history to achieve this in track and field. In later years, Oerter carried the Olympic flag for the 1984 Summer Olympics, then carried Olympic flame into the stadium for the 1996 Olympic Games.
Oerter also loved painting and in 2006 he founded the Art of the Olympians organization which continues to grow and is featured in exhibitions around the world, as well as at the Olympic and Paralympic games.