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Olympic track shoe

Olympic track shoe
Creator: Karhu (Finland)
Date: 1952
Red and white leather track shoe made by Karhu, a Finnish sports equipment company. Brown leather outsole with black composition heel. Six metal spikes protrude from bottom layer of toe sole. Wes Santee, an American middle distance track runner from Ashland, Kansas, wore this shoe while competing at the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. Santee was a student at the University of Kansas at the time, and had held the world record in the mile race on multiple occasions when he competed at Helsinki.

Wes Santee Olympic patch

Wes Santee Olympic patch
Date: 1952
Shield-shaped patch with a machine-embroidered gold border and Olympic rings. This coat patch was acquired by Wes Santee while competing in the 5000 meter run at the 1952 Olympics at Helsinki, Finland. He was a sophomore at the University of Kansas at the time. Santee was the world record holder, but did not medal at the Olympics.

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