Waddell, one of the founders of the Gay Games for homosexual athletes in and a sixth-place finisher in the decathlon at the Olympic Games indied at his home in San Francisco yesterday morning. Mike Heyl rated it it was amazing Aug 20, Archived from the original on 1 December A lousy student, Waddell squeaked his way through college on an athletic scholarship and went on to medical school while competing in track and field events. Please enter recipient e-mail address es. Event Coordinator. Nevertheless, the games, now re-christened the Gay Games, went forward and were a great success, perhaps because they emphasized sportsmanship, personal achievement, and inclusiveness to a far greater degree than the Olympics.
Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. Not long afterward, Waddell developed AIDS, and he spent several harrowing years battling the disease before his death in "--Jacket. They were the first gay couple to appear on the cover of a major national magazine.
He was for several years a physician to the Saudi Arabian royal court, he practiced medicine in San Francisco and came out to the world in the pages of People magazine, and in he organized the Gay Games, which are now a successful quadrennial occasion.