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Billy Mills overcame extreme poverty on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, was orphaned by the age of 12, and credits his survival to family and an athletic dream—a dream that was threatened by extreme racism and a debilitating health condition. A testament to the power of determination, Billy ultimately raced toward an Olympic gold medal in 1964 and then used his success to help others.

GET TO KNOW BILLY MILLS IN THESE SELECT VIDEO CLIPS:


NBC Coverage of Billy during the 2021 Olympics— https://www.nbcolympics.com/videos/billy-mills-unknown-1964-olympic-gold-medalist?fbclid=IwAR3mbHxCwofmCnpd__GDWoWpiTrz8bgB8gop8U4FQIg9Smmm_tEYdESRY9Q

Washington Post video—https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-XnflA-ho3s

NBC Coverage of Billy's race in 1964—https://www.nbcsports.com/video/billy-mills-wins-10000m-1964-tokyo-olympic-games

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