Biographies - OS
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 posts.
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)
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)
- Army Rifle, 3 positions - bronze 1920 (24 HP)
- Free Rifle, team - silver 1912 (11 HP)
- Army Rifle, 3 positions, team - silver 1920 (11 HP)
- Army Rifle, prone, 300 & 600 m, team - silver 1920 (2.5 HP)
- Army Rifle, prone, 600 m, team - fourth 1920 (1 HP)
- Army Rifle, standing, team - sixth 1920 (.5 HP)
- Army Rifle, prone, 300 m, team - sixth 1920 (.5 HP)
- Small-bore Rifle, team - bronze 1920 (6 HP)
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
- 1900-08-03-10:00? Shooting - Free Rifle, standing - second (1000)
- 1900-08-04-10:00? Shooting - Free Rifle, kneeling - 15th (2.5)
- 1900-08-05-10:00? Shooting - Free Rifle, prone - third (640) & combined - third (2560) & team - second (1000)
last modified 2002-10-29
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