Great Olympians

Biographies - GRA

Frederick Grace

B. 1884-02-29, Great Britain; D. 1964-07-23
Boxing (1 gold)
1908 1920 HP
Lightweight (-61.2 kg) QF 1076
Lightweight (-63.5 kg) gold 9000

Olympic Competitor nr 4838

E. Grad

Olympic Competitor nr 574

Étienne Grade

Olympic Competitor nr 4023

Torben Grael

B. 1960-07-22, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sailing (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
1984 1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 HP
Star bronze 11th gold bronze gold 33720
Soling silver 5000

Gráf Frigyes

Olympic Competitor nr 2394

Gráf Lajos

Olympic Competitor nr 6788

Steffi Graf

B. 1969-06-14, Germany
Tennis (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1988 1992 HP
Ladies' Singles gold silver 13000
Ladies' Doubles bronze R2 1599.56

Winner at Wimbledon 7 times ('88, '89, '91-'93, '95, '96), at Roland Garros 6 times ('87, '88, '93, '95, '96, '99), Flushing Meadow 3 times ('93, '95, '96) and Australia 4 times ('88, '89, '90 and '94). Proclaimed World Champion seven times ('87-'90 and '93, '95, '96)

Augusto Graffigna

Olympic Competitor nr 2702

Gillis Grafström

B. 1893-06-07, Stockholm; D. 1938-04-14, Potsdam
Figure Skating (3 gold, 1 silver)
1920 1924 1928 1932 HP
Men's Individual gold gold gold silver 69600

An architect, professionally (and a poet, painter and etcher), Grafström was noted for the elegance and musical feeling of his free figure skating. He originated the Grafström spin (on the back outside edge of the skate) and the flying sitspin, and was the first to make the 'Axel Paulsen' a controlled jump. He won three Olympic gold medals, the first at Antwerpen, where he broke a skate and, being unable to get a replacement, went into the town and bought an old-fashioned curly-toed one. At Lake Placid, aged thirty-eight, he took the silver medal after an accident in which he collided with a photographer on the ice. Grafström was a highly individualistic character who skated for his own aesthetic satisfaction and could never be bothered much with competitive skating outside the Olympic Games. He never deigned to enter the European Championships and skated only three times for the World Title, in '22, '24 and '29, winning every time.
Grafström would later become coach to Sonja Henie.
The 1920 event was held at Antwerpen, before there were special Winter Olympics. This makes Grafström the only person to have won gold medals both in summer and winter Olympics - in the same event!
Sandra Loosemore has a page devoted to skating legends, including a photo.

Ephraim Graham

Olympic Competitor nr 6547

J. Graham

Olympic Competitor nr 3589

Jim Graham

Olympic Competitor nr 5066

William Graham

Olympic Competitor nr 4937

Emil Grandell

Olympic Competitor nr 6324

R. Grandjean

Olympic Competitor nr 1613

Erik Granfelt

Olympic Competitor nr 3070

Nils Granfelt

Olympic Competitor nr 5989

Otto Granström

Olympic Competitor nr 3753

Alex Grant

Olympic Competitor nr 799

Dick Grant

Olympic Competitor nr 1035

W. Grantham

Olympic Competitor nr 4155

Gunnar Grantz

Olympic Competitor nr 6724

Bernhard Graubart

Olympic Competitor nr 5184

He was born in the (current) Czech Rpublic and played for DFC Prag, Although Bohemia had a separate Olympic team in 1912, they were not allowed to enter a football team because they were not (any longer) members of FIFA. I class the Czech-born members of the Austrian team as Czechs, therefore.

Eugène-Henri Gravelotte

Olympic Competitor nr 41

Bernard Gravier

Olympic Competitor nr 4078

Edgar Laurence "Dunc" Gray

B. 1906-07-17, Goulburn, NSW, Australia; D. 1996-08-30
Cycling (1 gold, 1 bronze)
1928 1932 1936 HP
Sprint - fourth fifth 3900
1000m Time Trial bronze gold - 13440
Road Race, Time Trial dnf - - 0

The Sydney Olympic velodrome is named in his honour.

Written 2002-09-08 - last modified 2011-08-12

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