Possessed with a youthful exuberance not seen in most
people half his age, Bob Mansfield set out to defend his
gold medal in racquetball. In a hard-fought rematch of the
championship game in Columbus, Mansfield was able to defend
his title against Louis Commisso.
Mansfield, a retired elementary school principal, now works
on the football staff a Youngstown State University. He
attributes his success in racquetball to weightlifting with
the football team. He says, "I enjoy working with the kids
because they keep me young. I tried not to let my transplant
slow me down."
After competing in the 1998 and 2000 Games Mansfield, realizes
that he is not alone in his struggles with transplantation.
He says, "The games are an emotional gathering of people
who are thankful for a second chance. You also have the
opportunity to meet many giving and caring people. It truly
is an incredible experience."
Bob's wife Linda reiterates the thoughts of Oscar Robertson,
"These people are great role models."
She is thankful for every day that her husband is around.
"It is a miracle that someone was thoughtful to share and
give my husband a second chance."
Louis Commisso says, "Bob Mansfield can be summed up quickly.
He is one hell of a guy, a great competitor, and a great