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While many Olympic athletes can trace their path back to high school gyms or playgrounds, weightlifting legend Tommy Kono began his journey to the Games in a most unlikely setting — a World War II internment camp for Japanese-Americans.

A six-time world champion and the only lifter to set world records in four different weight classes, Kono captured medals at three consecutive Olympics, winning gold in Helsinki and Melbourne in 1952 and 1956, respectively, before taking silver at the 1960 Rome Games.

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