Great Olympians

Biographies - KIR


Edgar Kiralfy

Olympic Competitor nr 4260


Karsh Kiraly

B. 1960-11-03, Jackson, Mich., USA, moved to California in 1965.
Volleyball, Beach Volleyball (3 gold)
1984 1988 1996 HP
Volleyball gold gold 12800
Beach Volleyball gold 16000
28800

His father had been a member of the Hungarian national Volleyball team, and aged 11, Karsh had entered his first Beach Volleyball tournament with his father. He joined the national indoor team in 1981 and helped the USA to the Olympic titles in 1984 and 1988, where he was voted the tournament's most valuable player. He was also named the best player in the world in 1986 and '88. He then left the US national team to go and play with Ravenna in Italy, with whom he won the world club title in 1991. He returned to the now financially lucrative Beach Volleyball scene and crowned his career with gold in the inaugural appearance of the event in the Olympics.


Alister Kirby

Olympic Competitor nr 6820


Alphonse Kirchhofer

Olympic Competitor nr 347


Kirchknopf Ferenc

Olympic Competitor nr 4631


Tanyu Kiriakov

Bulgaria
Shooting (2 gold, 1 bronze)
1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 2008 HP
Air Pistol gold 7th bronze 8th fourth 14020
Free Pistol fourth 8th 20th gold 7th sixth 10346.7
24366.7


John Kirk

Olympic Competitor nr 5657


Karl Kirk

Olympic Competitor nr 6106


Oliver Kirk

B. 1884-04-20, USA; D. ?
Boxing (2 gold)
1904 HP
Bantamweight (-52.2 kg) gold 7200
Featherweight (-56.7 kg) gold 7200
14400

In 1904, boxers were allowed to start in higher weight-classes too. Several did so, but only Oliver Kirk managed to win two gold medals.

Olympic Competitor nr 2291


Frode Kirkebjerg

Olympic Competitor nr 6553


Jens Kirkegaard

Olympic Competitor nr 6107


Petar Kirov

Bulgaria
Wrestling - Greco-Roman (2 gold)
1968 1972 HP
-52 kg gold gold 19200
19200


Tanyu Kiryakov

B. 1963-03-02, Rousse, Bulgaria
Shooting (2 gold, 1 bronze)
1988 1992 1996 2000 HP
Free Pistol fourth 8th 20th gold 10321.25
Air Pistol gold 7th bronze 8th 12020
22341.25


Irena Kirszenstein

competed from 1968 to 1976 as

Irena Szewinska

B. 1946-05-24, Leningrad - Polish nationality
Track and Field (3 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze)
1964 1968 1972 1976 1980 HP
100 m - bronze 14th - - 2576
200 m silver gold bronze - - 16200
400 m - - - gold 16th 6406.4
4 x 100 m gold 14th - - - 1604
Long Jump silver 16th - - - 6096
32882.4

She has achieved a wide range of records. From Tokyo, only eighteen, over München, 3 months after the birth of her son, to Montreal, where at 30 years she defeated the best East Germans. At Mexico, she dropped the baton in the 4x100 metres.


Harri Kirvesniemi

Finland
Nordic Skiing (6 bronze)
1980 1984 1988 1992 1994 1998 HP
4 x 10 km bronze bronze 8th bronze bronze bronze 33
15 km 8th bronze 8th 32
10 km, classical style sixth - 13th
50 km - fourth 22nd 16
50 km, classical style 12 th
30 km 18th 7th 9th 8
30 km, classical style 10th sixth
combined pursuit (10 km + 15 km) 11th - dnf -
89

Winner of an amazing 5 bronze medals with the Finnish relay team. Together with Heikki Ilmari Savolainen, Alexei Nemov , Merlene Ottey and Franziska van Almsick he's the record holder of bronze medals (SIX)


Marja-Liisa Kirvesniemi

see Marja-Liisa Hämälainen


Written 2001-01-25 - last modified 2011-08-14

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