Dr. George Orton
In 2011, the London Sports Hall of Fame inducted George Washington Orton. Some questioned the induction, questioning that soon subsided once Orton’s accomplishments were known. He was, without question, a great athlete and a great Canadian.
This year, TV sportscaster Mark Hebscher’s tribute to Orton hit the book stands … a celebratory profile of Canada’s first Olympic gold medallist, as described in Kobo’s promotional material, as follows:
“(Orton) couldn’t walk until he was ten, and became the greatest runner of his generation.
“Who was the first Canadian to Win an Olympic Gold Medal? When Mark Hebscher was asked this simple trivia question, he had no idea that it would lead him on a two year odyssey, researching a man he had never heard of.
“Paralyzed as a child and told he would never walk again, George Washington Orton persevered, eventually becoming the greatest distance runner of his generation, a world-class hockey player, a...