Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Olympic Special: Saved life by jumping from Titanic, doctors asked to cut legs, won gold in Olympic after 12 years

In 1912, the world’s largest ship Titanic sank in its maiden voyage. This accident took many lives and changed the lives of many forever.

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The Titanic tragedy in 1912 changed the lives of many people forever. This ship was considered the strongest and largest ship in the world. We are not going to talk about Titanic today, but will talk about Richard Norris Williams. Switzerland’s tennis players who were not only eyewitnesses of this heartbreaking tragedy but also such Olympic champions.

The construction of one of England’s shipbuilders in the early 20th century began in 1909 and was completed in 1912. It was sea tested on 2 April 1912. On 10 April 1912, the ship sailed from England to New York. 21-year-old Richard was traveling with his father in the first class of the ship. On Sunday, April 14, 1912, the ship crashed into a sea of ​​ice. The ship sank within just two hours and 40 minutes of hitting. On 15 April 1912, the world’s largest ship sank at 2.20 in the morning. Very few people were able to survive in this accident. One of them was Richard. Even in such a terrible accident, his escape was a clear indication that he has to fulfill the biggest dream of his life.

Doctors were not allowed to bite their feet

Richard Williams was among those who boarded the magnificent Titanic ship in 1912. Traveling with his father of 21 years, Charles and dreaming that he would go to the USA and win the US Open. He did not know at that time that his life was going to change forever the next moment. Richard was traveling with his father in first class. As the ship sank Richard and his father both boarded it, however, as soon as the ship fell further into the water, they both decided that they would jump and try to swim. His father could not save his life and he died after colliding with the next part of the ship. Richard kept swimming and reached a life saving boat. His feet were frozen due to being in the water for six hours. The doctor said that cutting his legs would be the right decision, but Richard refused to do it. He told the doctor, “I need these legs.”

Champion even after fighting world war

After this Richard also fought the country during the First World War. After fighting in the war, he was awarded the ‘Croix de Guerre’ and the Legion of Honor. Life was kind to him here too. The reason for this was clear Richard had to complete his medal winning medal in the Olympics. For this, he had to wait till 12 years after the Titanic accident. His dream finally came true in the 1924 Paris Olympics. At the age of 33, he teamed up with Hazel Whiteman and won the gold medal of the mixed doubles event. He made his country Davis Cup champion several times between 1921 and 1926. In the year 1935, he retired from tennis.

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