|Olympic medal record|
|Representing the United States|
|1920 Antwerp||400 metre hurdles|
Desch competed for the United States in the 1920 Summer Olympics held in Antwerp, Belgium in the 400 metre hurdles where he won the bronze medal. Desch also played half back for Knute Rockne at the University of Notre Dame. He won Notre Dame's first ever track title when he won the 220-yard low hurdles at the 1921 Outdoor NCAA Track Championships.
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