Dad’s ashes hop, step and jump into the Olympics

2012-08-10 13:25

Sydney – An Australian has admitted sprinkling the ashes of a 1948 Games silver medallist at the triple-jump pit at London’s new Olympic Stadium.

George Avery won silver at Wembley Stadium in what was then the hop, step and jump and is now called the triple jump, daughter Robyn Glynn told Australian radio station ABC 702 today.

“We decided in 2000 that we were going to bring my father back here, but unfortunately he passed away a few years ago,” Glynn said by telephone while trackside for the 2012 edition of the triple jump.

“So my sister and myself, our husbands, our daughter and our grandchildren came with his ashes ... and he’s here with us as we watch.”

She added: “Actually, we did more than sneak him in: we snuck ourselves down to the edge of the track and in the breeze we let his ashes go and they went right over the triple-jump track!”

Glynn said her dad had kept being an Olympian a secret until she was a schoolgirl.

“But he never really made a big deal of it,” she said. “We decided that this is where he would’ve wanted to come back to. He really wanted to be here but he didn’t quite make it.”

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