Horace Ashenfelter

Emma North-Best filed this request with the Federal Bureau of Investigation of the United States of America.
Due Feb. 21, 2018
Est. Completion None
Awaiting Response


From: Emma North-Best

To Whom It May Concern:

This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I hereby request the following records:

Records relating to or mentioning Horace Ashenfelter III (January 23, 1923 – January 6, 2018), who was a former FBI employee and an American athlete. He competed in international athletics from 1947 to 1956. Although he was considered a long shot, Ashenfelter was the surprise winner of the steeplechase at the 1952 Summer Olympics at Helsinki with a dramatic surge on the last lap following the final water jump after trailing substantially early in the race. Since Ashenfelter worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation,[2] it led to humorous comments about him being the first American spy who allowed himself to be chased by a Russian. In addition, Ashenfelter won the Sullivan Award as outstanding amateur athlete for the year 1952.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 20 business days, as the statute requires.


Emma Best

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  • 01/23/2018


  • 01/23/2018