Osb - Osi - Ost
B. 1899-04-13, Butler, Ill, USA; D. 1975-04-05, Los Angeles
Track and Field (2 gold)
He used the Western Roll technique of high jumping, but tried to push the
bar in the holders while crossing it. As a consequence, the IAAF changed
the rules and the bar is now placed between, rather than in front of the
Osborn would later become a famous doctor, specializing in bone diseases.
A persistent rumour has it he was involved in one of the first Olympic romances, with high jump gold medallist, Ethel Catherwood of Canada, but it is not true they married. Harold married Margaret Bordner in September of 1928 and remained with her till his death in 1975. The story about Ethel Catherwood was a painful one for Margaret throughout her life (she passed away at the age of 97 on 7 July 2003), and we ought to put the record straight.
B. 1884-05-05, USA; D. 1966-12-28
Shooting (5 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)
|Free Rifle, 3 positions||17th||fourth||6604|
|Free Rifle, prone||silver|
|Free Rifle, team||gold||1600|
|Military Rifle, 3 positions||silver||7000|
|Military Rifle, 300m, standing||gold|
|Military Rifle, Free position||silver||4000|
|Military Rifle, team||gold||3975|
|Military Rifle, 300m, standing, team||silver|
|Military Rifle, 300m, prone, team||gold|
|Military Rifle, 300m & 600m, prone, team||gold|
|Small-Bore Rifle, team||bronze||640|
|Small-Bore Rifle, Disappearing Target||34th||0.0016|
|Running Deer, single shot||comp.||0.4|
|Running Deer, single shot, team||bronze||640|
|Running Deer, double shot||comp.||0.256|
|Running Deer, double shot, team||fourth||400|
B. 1888-12-16, Denmark; D. 1965-12-23
Fencing (1 silver)
After competing for 24 years, even winning just a single medal, I feel this
man earnt his place among the elite Olympians.
He competed for 40 years, from 1908 to 1948, a record he shares with Magnus Konow, Durward Knowles and Paul Elvstrøm.
His wife Ellen was the first female fencing champion, in 1924.
Shooting (3 silver, 2 bronze)
B. 1922-12-23, Rang de Fliers, France
Track and Field (2 gold, 1 bronze)
She was a niece to composer Lucien Paroche and she won acclaim at the piano. In her Olympic triumph, she was helped by the absence of Russian Athletes, who held the world records at Shot and Discus. She had entered the discus only as an afterthought, being in London anyway. She celebrated her victories with an impromptu recital of Beethoven at France's team headquarters.
Bobsledding (2 gold)
Olympic Competitor nr 1242
last modified 2002-10-29
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