Dae - Dag - Dah - Dal - Dam - Dan - Dar - Dau - Dav
B. 1931-11-03, Turkey
Wrestling - Free-Style (2 gold)
B. 1967-06-19, Råholt, Norway
Nordic Skiing (8 gold, 4 silver)
|10 km, classical style||fourth||gold||gold||12400|
|Combined Pursuit (10 km + 15 km)||gold||gold||silver||13600|
|30 km, classical style||silver||20th||4201.25|
|50 km, classical style||fourth|
|30 km, free-style||silver||14200|
|50 km, free-style||gold||gold|
|4 x 10 km||gold||silver||gold||3550|
The best competitor of the Winter Olympics probably came closest of anyone
to three consecutive golds. In no less than four events did he win two gold
medals, and in three of them he added a silver. In the relay before his home
crowd in Lillehammer, he lost the sprint against Sylvio Fauner and the gold
by 0.4 seconds. In the combined pursuit at Nagano he started with a
46 second advantage over Thomas Alsgaard, his
neighbour (they live only 200 meters apart in the same street in Nannestad).
Halfway through the race Alsgaard had caught up and they continued to the
line where Dählie lost the sprint by just one second. The next day,
Alsgaard helped Dæhlie to a record seventh gold, by taking revenge
on the Italians in the 4 x 10 km, beating them again in a sprint. Dählie
had had a great hand in this victory, by catching the Italians in the third
leg, but handing over to Alsgaard behind them. Alsgaard followed the Italian
for the whole 10 km.
The long free-style event was held over just 30 km in 1994, but then too Dæhlie was beaten by Thomas Alsgaard.
Cycling - Mountain Bike (1 gold)
Olympic Competitor nr 493
Olympic Competitor nr 204
Olympic Competitor nr 733
competed in 2004 as
B. 1976-04-14, Botosani, Romania
Rowing (5 gold, 1 bronze)
B. 1957-04-06, Italy
Track and Field (1 gold, 2 bronze)
|20 km Walk||gold||bronze||bronze||fourth||16400|
Also World Champion at 20 km in 1987 and 1991.
His twin brother Giorgio finished 11th in Moskva. They were so alike that they had to provide graphological evidence that they were who they claimed to be.
Olympic Competitor nr 1418
Olympic Competitor nr 684
B. 1937-01-06, Czech Republic
Track and Field (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
When Ludvik Danek broke Al Oerter's world record by a metre and a half, just before the Tokyo Games, no one doubted this would only but spur the already double champion to even greater heights. It did. Before Mexico, Danek lost the world record to Jay Silvester, who was then favourite. Both lost to the reemerging Al Oerter however. At München, Danek finally secured the top spot on the podium.
Olympic Competitor nr 596
Olympic Competitor nr 22
Swimming (1 silver, 2 bronze)
|200 m Butterfly||bronze||bronze||5120|
|100 m Butterfly||silver||sixth||4640|
|4 x 100 m Medley Relay||-||gold||1600|
B. 1884-07-12, USA; D. 1973-08-09
Swimming (5 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
|50 yds Free-style||bronze||1920|
|100 yds Free-style||silver||12600|
|100 m Free-style||gold||gold|
|220 yds Free-style||gold||4800|
|440 yds Free-style||gold||4800|
|4 x 50 yds Free-style Relay||gold||1200|
|4x250 m Free-style Relay||fourth||780|
|4x200 m Free-style Relay||bronze|
A colourful personality inside the sport and out, he set seven world records
between 1907 and 1911.
Perhaps his greatest contribution to the sport was the way he influenced swimmers with his use of the crawl.
He is listed in some sources as coming fourth in the 100 yds back-stroke in 1904, but that is a mistake.
B. 1970-06-10, Bugulma, Russia
Nordic Skiing (3 gold, 2 silver)
|5 km, classical style||sixth||fifth||6028|
|10 km, classical style||silver|
|combined pursuit 5km + 10km||11th||silver||10448|
|combined pursuit 5km + 5km||gold|
|15 km, classical style||-||gold||6400|
|30 km, free-style||20th||disq.||0.75|
|4 x 5 km||-||gold||dns||1600|
Olympic Competitor nr 1124
Olympic Competitor nr 1681
Olympic Competitor nr 734
Olympic Competitor nr 597
Olympic Competitor nr 871
Swimming (4 gold)
|200 m Individual Medley||gold||gold||12800|
|400 m Individual Medley||gold||gold||12800|
Blind in his left eye after an accident with a snowball when he was 15.
Also four times a world champion, winning both medley events in 1986 and '91.
With thanks to Vasarhelyi Tamas.
Olympic Competitor nr 1534
Olympic Competitor nr 1633
Olympic Competitor nr 336
B. 1943-06-08, Troy, Ala., USA
Track and Field (1 gold, 1 bronze) & Bobsleigh
|110 m Hurdles||SF:7th||fourth||bronze||gold||19839|
He competed in four summer Olympics (he failed to make it to the final in
1964) and in the 1980 winter Olympics in a bobsleigh.
Inducted in 1982 in the USATF Hall of Fame.
Ice Hockey (3 gold)
Member of the Soviet Ice Hockey team from 1964 to 1972, winning each time.
Swimming (1 gold)
|200 m Breaststroke||fourth||gold||12000|
B. 1934-09-12, Wellsburg, WVa, USA.
Track and Field (3 gold)
|400 m Hurdles||gold||gold||19200|
|4 x 400 m||gold||1600|
Davis, a talented all-rounder at school, did not turn to the 400-metres hurdles
until April 1956 but in two months he had cut the world record by 0.9 sec
down to 49.5. His last race was the third stage for the American 4x400 metres
relay team at Roma, which he ran in 45.4 seec - a vital contribution as his
team set a world record of 3'02.2.
He later became a professional American footballer.
B. 1921-01-12, USA; D. 1984-07-13
Weight-Lifting (2 gold)
|+ 82.5 kg||gold||19200|
|+ 90 kg||gold|
Heavyweight lifter who was the youngest lifter ever to win a world title,
in 1938 (aged 17). He was then undefeated for 15 years.
Swimming (3 gold, 2 silver)
|200 m Free-style||7th||fourth||2000|
|4 x 100 m Free-style Relay||gold||(silver)||1664|
|4 x 200 m Free-style Relay||gold||silver||2600|
|4 x 100 m Medley Relay||(gold)||64|
B. 1955-08-27, USA; later moved to and represented New Zealand
Sailing (1 gold, 1 silver)
Represented the USA in 1984, but New Zealand from 1992.
B. 1982-08-13, USA
Speed Skating (2 gold, 2 silver)
Swimming (1 gold, 3 silver)
|200 m Breaststroke||gold||-||6400|
|100 m Breaststroke||silver||fourth||5600|
|4 x 100 m Medley Relay||silver||silver||2000|
Olympic Competitor nr 1557
B. 1983-02-02, Moscow, Russia
Synchronized Swimming (4 gold)
Twice together with Anastasia Ermakova
Written 2001-01-29 - last modified 2002-10-28
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