CBC's Don Wittman dies, 71


TORONTO -- Veteran Canadian sportscaster Don Wittman, a mainstay for a half-century on the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., died at 71 years of age Saturday after a long battle with cancer.

Wittman, who joined Canada's public broadcaster in 1961 after an early career in radio, called virtually every professional sport. He also was the voice of the CBC during Olympic telecasts, beginning with the 1964 Innsbruck games.

Wittman most famously called Canadian Ben Johnson winning the 100 meters gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, a prize taken away days later after Johnson tested positive for steroids.

Wittman later called the 100 meters gold medal performance by Canadian Donovan Bailey at the 1996 Summer Games in Atlanta. He also was on hand to cover the terrorist attack on the 1972 Munich Olympics for Canadians.

The veteran sportscaster was inducted into the CBC Sports Hall of Fame on Jan. 9. He leaves behind his wife Judy, daughters Karen and Kristen, and son David.