|Birth name||Richard Aldrich Babka|
|Born||September 23, 1936|
|Died||January 15, 2022(aged 85)|
|Height||6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)|
|Weight||267 lb (121 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|College team||Menlo College|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||63.93 metres (209 ft 9 in)|
Richard Aldrich Babka (September 23, 1936 – January 15, 2022) was an American discus thrower. A former world record holder, Babka also won a silver medal in the discus event at the 1960 Summer Olympics in Rome.
He starred in football, basketball, and baseball in addition to track and field at Palo Alto High School before graduating in 1954. He subsequently attended nearby Menlo College and the University of Southern California (USC). Knee injuries eventually obliged him to withdraw from USC's football and basketball teams, but as a discus thrower he continued to climb toward the top of the world rankings.
Babka continued to compete as a discus thrower until 1969, when he retired to devote himself to various business pursuits.
He later resided in California. Babka was also an artist with works on display with the Art of the Olympians, which was founded by fellow Olympic discus thrower and American Olympics teammate Al Oerter. He died on January 15, 2022, at the age of 85.
- ^ a b "Rink Babka". Olympedia. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
- ^ "Art of the Olympians - Richard Aldrich "Rink" Babka". artoftheolympians.org.
- 1936 births
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- Athletes (track and field) at the 1960 Summer Olympics
- Athletes (track and field) at the 1967 Pan American Games
- World record setters in athletics (track and field)
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- Palo Alto High School alumni
- Sportspeople from Cheyenne, Wyoming
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- Medalists at the 1960 Summer Olympics
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