Olympic champion talks to local students

Only American to win gold in 10,000 meter gives inspirational talks


Last updated 9/21/2022 at 12:39pm

Havre Daily News/Patrick Johnston

Olympic gold medalist Billy Mills talks to Havre High School students Tuesday in the Havre High School auditorium.

Havre High School hosted a presentation Tuesday by one of the most famous Native American athletes of all time, winner of the 10,000 meter dash at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, and the only American to win gold in the event to this day.

Billy Mills gave inspirational talks at Rocky Boy High School and Stone Child College Monday, then at Havre High Tuesday before heading to Box Elder High School.

Mills made it to the NCAA All-American Cross country team three times and was a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corps, but before that he was raised on the Pine Ridge Reservation in S...

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