But then they received a very sad email from Dick’s men’s doubles partner the day before the event. His partner was injured and couldn’t come to Minneapolis.
It looked like Dick wouldn’t even get the chance to fulfill his dream of competing in that event during his first time at the Games!
It was a pretty glum time for the Johnsons. However, this sad situation turned out to have a wonderful and surprising ending…
Tourney officials connected Dick with a younger player which at least gave him the opportunity to compete, even though it had to be in a younger age bracket (70+).
Dick and his new partner Ohioan Bill Regan had never met until competition day. They lost an early match and quickly dropped to the loser’s bracket in the huge tourney.
But, nine tough matches later they had fought their way back to the medal round and brought home a national Bronze medal!