On Nov. 28, 1956 Inese Jaunzeme, then 24, became the first Latvian to win an Olympic gold medal, though she won it under the Soviet flag. Her 53.86-meter javelin throw at the Melbourne Games went down in history for another reason: Jaunzeme was the first Latvian woman to compete in the Olympics. As Vilis Cika wrote in his book "Gold, Silver and Bronze": "Many Latvians didn't show up at work that day, arguing that 'they had to watch [on television] as a Latvian woman, for the first time ever, receives an Olympic gold medal.'" In honor of the Melbourne Games' 50th anniversary next week, Jaunz...
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