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Grand Forks native, Virgil Hill, remembers 1984 Olympics

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Just days before the 1984 summer Olympics in Los Angeles, Virgil Hill fell sick.

The 165-pound Olympic boxer from Grand Forks was in a Colorado Springs, Colo., hospital with a 103-degree fever.


His Olympic team of 11 others, including Evander Holyfield, Frank Tate and Pernell Whitaker, flew to California.

By the time 19-year-old Hill recovered and made it to California, he was eight pounds overweight and four days from weighing in for the Games.

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