B. 1876-12-12, Milwaukee, WI, USA; D. 1928-01-06
Track and Field (4 gold)
|110 m Hurdles||gold||6400|
|200 m Hurdles||gold||6400|
He set world records in the high and low hurdles and the long jump. In the
long jump at Paris, he beat the qualifying mark of
Myer Prinstein by
one centimetre. Prinstein had not returned (on the insistence of his team)
to the final which was held on a sunday, but his qualifying mark earned him
a silver medal nonetheless.
Kraenzlein has two claims to historical significance : he originated the modern technique of hurlding in which the leading leg is thrown out across the hurdle, and he was the first to win four gold medals at the Olympics
Olympic Competitor nr 772
Olympic Competitor nr 6546
Olympic Competitor nr 1756
Olympic Competitor nr 6981
competed in 1964 as
and in 1968 as
B. 1943-07-29, Dresden, Germany
Diving (3 gold, 1 silver)
In 1960, she competed under her maiden name Krämer, in 1964 as
Engel-Krämer, in 1968 (divorced and remarried) as Gulbin. In her first
international competition, the 1958 European Championships, she led the field
but failed her last jump. At Tokyo, she carried the flag for the united German
Team. She retained the springboard title, in spite of complaining that the
water was too cold. After Tokyo, she stopped competing from the Highboard,
because she had hurt herself too many times.
She took a hot shower between each dive.
Olympic Competitor nr 2409
Olympic Competitor nr 5673
B. 1986-04-23, the Netherlands
Speed Skating (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
In the 10000 m in Vancouver, he was sent down the wrong lane by his coach. He corrected and finished the race - six seconds quicker than the eventual gold medallist - but was disqualified.
Olympic Competitor nr 5809
|100 m Free-style|
|200 m Free-style|
|4 x 100 m Free-style Relay|
Olympic Competitor nr 1736
Luge (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
B. 1967-09-17, Ilmenau, Germany
Luge (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Won four luge medals together with Jan Behrendt.
They came back from retirement to succeed once more at Nagano.
Ice Hockey (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
Swimming (4 gold)
|100 m Backstroke||gold||fourth||8000|
|200 m Backstroke||gold||6400|
|4x100 m Medley Relay||gold||(gold)||1664|
Written 2000-12-14 - last modified 2011-08-13
This page is part of the site "Full Olympians" by Herman De Wael. See here for a full Introduction.