B. 1884-02-29, Great Britain; D. 1964-07-23
Boxing (1 gold)
|Lightweight (-61.2 kg)||QF||1076|
|Lightweight (-63.5 kg)||gold||9000|
Olympic Competitor nr 4838
Olympic Competitor nr 574
Olympic Competitor nr 4023
B. 1960-07-22, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Sailing (2 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Olympic Competitor nr 2394
Olympic Competitor nr 6788
B. 1969-06-14, Germany
Tennis (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
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)
Olympic Competitor nr 2702
B. 1893-06-07, Stockholm; D. 1938-04-14, Potsdam
Figure Skating (3 gold, 1 silver)
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.
Olympic Competitor nr 6547
Olympic Competitor nr 3589
Olympic Competitor nr 5066
Olympic Competitor nr 4937
Olympic Competitor nr 6324
Olympic Competitor nr 1613
Olympic Competitor nr 3070
Olympic Competitor nr 5989
Olympic Competitor nr 3753
Olympic Competitor nr 799
Olympic Competitor nr 1035
Olympic Competitor nr 4155
Olympic Competitor nr 6724
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.
Olympic Competitor nr 41
Olympic Competitor nr 4078
B. 1906-07-17, Goulburn, NSW, Australia; D. 1996-08-30
Cycling (1 gold, 1 bronze)
|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
This page is part of the site "Full Olympians" by Herman De Wael. See here for a full Introduction.