Great Olympians

Biographies - KRA

Alvin Christian "Al" Kraenzlein

B. 1876-12-12, Milwaukee, WI, USA; D. 1928-01-06
Track and Field (4 gold)
1900 HP
60 m gold 6400
110 m Hurdles gold 6400
200 m Hurdles gold 6400
Long Jump gold 9600

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

Carl Adolph Kraft

Olympic Competitor nr 6546

Henry Kraft

Olympic Competitor nr 1756

Eigil Kragh Christiansen

Olympic Competitor nr 6981

Ingrid Krämer

competed in 1964 as

Ingrid Engel-Krämer

and in 1968 as

Ingrid Gulbin

B. 1943-07-29, Dresden, Germany
Diving (3 gold, 1 silver)
1960 1964 1968 HP
Springboard gold gold fifth 20700
Platform gold silver - 10400

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.

Josef Krämer

Olympic Competitor nr 2409

Rudolf Kramer

Olympic Competitor nr 5673

Sven Kramer

B. 1986-04-23, the Netherlands
Speed Skating (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
2006 2010 HP
5000 m silver gold 10400
10000 m 7th disq 410
1500 m 15th 13th 35.6
Team Pursuit bronze bronze 1280

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.

William Kramer

Olympic Competitor nr 5809

Barbara Krause

1980 HP
100 m Free-style
200 m Free-style
4 x 100 m Free-style Relay

Charles Krause

Olympic Competitor nr 1736

Silke Kraushaar

Luge (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1998 2002 2006 HP
Singles gold bronze silver 24300

Stefan Krauße

B. 1967-09-17, Ilmenau, Germany
Luge (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1988 1992 1994 1998 HP
Doubles silver gold bronze gold 32100

Won four luge medals together with Jan Behrendt. They came back from retirement to succeed once more at Nagano.

Igor Kravchuk

Ice Hockey (2 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1988 1992 1998 2002 HP
team gold gold silver bronze 13320

Lenny Krayzelburg

Swimming (4 gold)
2000 2004 HP
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

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