Terre Haute Legend and Olympian returns home

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — Terre Haute native and USA Olympic gold medalist Dr. Greg Bell returned home Saturday as he attended the Indiana Track & Field & Cross Country Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Bell began his track and field career at Garfield High School and went on win the gold medal in long jump at the 1956 Olympic Games. Bell was the first person ever inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1974.

Not only did Bell excel on the track, but also in the classroom. During his life he has earned a doctorate in English and worked as a dentist for over 50 years.

Though Bell was able to achieve success in different areas, he said he never thought he would achieve so much.

“Little green country boy who never expected to do anything really noteworthy,” he said. “I thought I would be a huge success if I ever got to the point where I had a job that would let me have a hundred dollar bill in my pocket.”

Bell said a long time dream of his was to have his own trading card and today that wish came true. He received his very own trading card at a separate ceremony after the induction.

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