Pia - Pic - Pie - Pig - Pih - Pil - Pin - Pio - Pip - Pir
Olympic Competitor nr 1424
Olympic Competitor nr 1555
Olympic Competitor nr 40
Olympic Competitor nr 361
Boxing (1 silver, 2 bronze)
|Light Middleweight (-71kg)||bronze||10032|
|Light Heavyweight (-81 kg)||silver||bronze|
In 1956, he lost in the semi final to
László. In 1960, he lost to Cassius Clay (Mohammed
Ali) in the final.
Olympic Competitor nr 485
B. 1902-04-07, Nurmo, Finland; D. 1944-02-10
Wrestling - Free-Style (2 gold, 1 silver)
|Bantamweight (-56 kg)||gold||40050|
|Featherweight (-61 kg)||silver||gold|
He is considered by many the best lightweight wrestler of all time. He won
the European championship in Greco-Roman style seven times, the freestyle
twice. His brothers Paavo and Arvi were also Finnish champions, but it was
a cousin Hermanni, who won gold and bronze at Los Angeles and Berlin.
There is some controversy as to his silver at Amsterdam. Hans Minder of Switzerland, who is officially credited with the bronze, originally came off the podium thinking he had won the gold. Half an hour after the match against the eventual winner Allie Morrison, the result was changed, and he would be classed third. As a consolation, Minder received a silver medal anyway. I have no information as to what the original result would have done to Pihlajamäki's result though.
B. 1883-10-26, USA; D. 1958-01-08
Track and Field (3 gold)
|4 miles Team||gold||1200|
Olympic Competitor nr 1582
Olympic Competitor nr 1146
Olympic Competitor nr 729
B. 1900-02-02, USA; D. 1961-11-18
Diving (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
|Springboard (1 & 3m)||silver||bronze||6560|
|Platform, fancy (5 & 10m)||gold||bronze||8960|
|Platform, plain (5 & 10m)||9th||160|
His wife, Betty Becker, won two gold and a silver
in Paris and Amsterdam.
B. 1970-10-10, Henley-on-Thames, Great Britain
Rowing (4 gold)
Partner in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney to Steven
Redgrave. He achieved a fourth gold in Athina.
Olympic Competitor nr 275
Ice Hockey (3 gold)
Member of the Canadian Ice Hockey team that won gold in Salt Lake City, Torino and Vancouver.
Wrestling, Greco-Roman (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Written 2001-02-02 - last modified 2002-10-30
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