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Terry Dischinger

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameTerence Gilbert "Terry"•Dischinger
Used nameTerry•Dischinger
Born21 November 1940 in Terre Haute, Indiana (USA)
Measurements198 cm / 86 kg
AffiliationsPurdue Boilermakers, West Lafayette (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Terry Dischinger was one of the stars of the great 1960 U.S. Olympic gold medalists. He joined the team after his sophomore year at Purdue where it was obvious he was going to be a great player. In both his junior and senior years, the 6-7 (2.00) Dischinger made All-America and then was drafted in the second round by the Chicago Zephyrs. He immediately produced, averaging 25.5 points and becoming the third of four consecutive NBA rookies of the year to come from the 1960 Olympic team. Dischinger had two more excellent years, averaging 21 and 18 points, but then had to join the army for two years. He was never the same player again although he remained in the NBA for six more years, averaging about 10 points per game. In his last few years, Dischinger attended dental school in the off season, and even did a two-game stint as player-coach of the Pistons in 1971. He ended his career with the Portland Trail Blazers and practiced dentistry in Oregon.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Summer Olympics Basketball (Basketball) USA Terry Dischinger
Basketball, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold