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At his home in Lawrence, Kan., in 1991, former Olympian Jim Ryun takes a look at a photograph taken of him at the Olympics in Mexico City in 1968, where he won a silver medal in the 1,500-meter run. (Associated Press)

At his home in Lawrence, Kan., in 1991, former Olympian Jim Ryun takes a look at a photograph taken of him at the Olympics in Mexico City in 1968, where he won a silver medal in the 1,500-meter run. (Associated Press)

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