Richard Norris: Survived the Titanic and was an Olympic champion
a night April 14, 1912 The world witnessed one of the greatest tragedies in history After the sinking of the RMS Titanic. estimated to be about About 1,500 people died During the tragedy, while Another 700 crew members managed to survive. of between it Richard Norris.
despite of Born in the Swiss city Genevathis will become a US citizen over time One of the most important players tennis In the doubles method, to the extent of obtaining a Gold medal at the 1924 Paris Olympics.
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Norris Williams was born in 1891 and was already considered One of the greatest promises of world tennis when the shipwreck occurred rms titanic. There he traveled with his father Duaneone of the founders International Tennis Federationwho was one of the victims of the disaster.
Dick, as he was known, tried to stay cool with his father When an ocean liner hit an iceberg in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. He heard he couldn’t enter the bar to take cover to a stranded passenger Behind a broken door, young Richard manages to save him, but He was reprimanded by an employee By causing damage to the ship. This is inspired A scene from the movie Titanicthe famous movie directed by James Cameron.
A year after the tragedy, in 1913, Williams joined the US National Team Who won the Davis Cup against the United Kingdom In the Grand Final in the same year he reached the final US Championships (current US Open Championship), where he lost to his compatriot Maurice McLoughlin. but, He had his revenge Against this same competitor in the next edition.
In his career, he was crowned US Open champion five times, single and double. Also, he won an award Men’s doubles title at Wimbledon 1920. However, his great devotion will come in little Olympic Games.
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Williams competed in the Mixed doubles at the 1924 Paris Olympicswhere he intermarried with his compatriot Hazel Reitman. They both took home the gold medal, beating the Americans as well Vincent Richards and Marion Jessup.
North American country Dominate in all forms of tennis Of these duels, since Richards has suspended the gold medal Single and double maleFinally, he married him Francis Hunter. next to, Helen Wells crowned in single and double femininewhere he won alongside Wightman.
After retiring from tennis, Richard Williams was included in the International Tennis Hall of Fame in 1957. Eleven years later, He passed away in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.
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