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South Dakota’s Billy Mills Wins An Olympic Gold Medal

Orphaned at the age of twelve and raised by his Grandmother on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Billy Mills was an unlikely choice to become an American Olympic Hero.

But in 1964 he became just that, winning a coveted Gold Medal in the 10,000 Meter event at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.

In 1984, Billy was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame and in 2012 President Obama awarded Billy the Presidential Citizens medal.

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