Recognized by many as the world’s greatest Olympian, discus thrower Al Oerter won a gold medal in four consecutive Olympics from 1956 to 1968, returning to competition in his 40’s to attempt a fifth gold.

Al's mighty presence touched the lives of so many across the globe, instilling in Olympians and common folk alike a sense of purpose to challenge the norm, ignore limitations, and attack barriers.

This website is a celebration of the life of Al Oerter, an incredible journey from the streets of New York to Olympic immortality.



I've been trying to tell the tale of Al Oerter for over 30 years, but not without the help of the countless many that he so positively impacted. Please share your personal stories of Al and how he may have influenced your life.

 - Andrew Pettit

You can also reach me at the email below with any other inquiries.




Parry and Thrust: A Flagbearer's Tale

October 19, 2020

Gentlemen of the Rarest Vintage

October 1, 2020

A New York State of Mind - Part 2

September 24, 2020

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