Bob Mathias was indeed an Olympic Decathlon Champion (1948 and 1952). He was only 17 when he won the first gold medal. He also served in Congress from 1966 - 1974 as a Representative from California.
I have been unable to find copies of the television show anywhere. For anyone who is interested, there was a comic book based on the series and I've seen them for sale on eBay from time-to-time.
I find it interesting that most of the guys who've commented on this show were very young at the time the show was aired and shared the same interest in playing construction worker in the dirt and snow. I was only 5 and their experiences are exactly the same as mine.
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