Oldest Living Olympian Passes Away

Walter WalshBy Seth Rubinroit

Walter Walsh, who lived the longest life of any Olympian ever, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 106. He was just six days short of his 107th birthday.

Walsh displayed his marksmanship skills as a G-Man in the FBI. He was involved in numerous high-profile cases, shooting and killing gangster Rusty Gibson and helping to apprehend Arthur “Doc” Barker of the infamous Barker Gang. He also served as a Marine in World War II.

In 1948, Walsh had the opportunity to test his shooting prowess against Olympic competition. Representing Team USA in London, he placed 12th in the men’s 50m free pistol event.

Walsh set the record for longest-lived Olympian on March 20, 2013, breaking the record set by gymnast Rudolph Schrader.

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