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The life and legacy of Canadian icon and Olympian Harry Jerome

This episode is a rebroadcast from 2020, celebrating the 60th anniversary of Harry Jerome’s 100m world record. Jerome went on to set 6 more world records, compete in 3 Olympic Games, and win international medals for Canada. The Harry Jerome International Track Classic continues to be one of the most competitive meets in Canada. The 2022 edition took place last week and was no exception, so we thought it was time to revive this episode.

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We speak with author Norma Charles about the life and legacy of Harry Jerome. In 2017 Charles published a young adult novel entitled “Runner: The Life of Harry Jerome, World’s Fastest Man”. This book was written in the hopes of sharing Jerome’s story with readers across the country, particularly young people who might look to him as a role model.