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Great Olympians - biographies - O

Great Olympians

Biographies - OS

Osb - Osi - Ost

Harold M. Osborn

B. 1899-04-13, Butler, Ill, USA; D. 1975-04-05, Los Angeles
Track and Field (2 gold)

19241928HP High Jumpgold fifth 11100 Decathlongold 6400 17500

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.

Carl Townsend Osburn

B. 1884-05-05, USA; D. 1966-12-28
Shooting (5 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)

191219201924HP Free Rifle, 3 positions17th fourth 6604 Free Rifle, prone silver Free Rifle, team gold 1600 Military Rifle, 3 positionssilver 7000 Military Rifle, 300m, standing gold Military Rifle, Free positionsilver 4000 Military Rifle, teamgold 3975 Military Rifle, 300m, standing, team silver Military Rifle, 300m, prone, team gold Military Rifle, 300m & 600m, prone, team gold Small-Bore Rifle13th 25.6 Small-Bore Rifle, teambronze 640 Small-Bore Rifle, Disappearing Target34th 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 24885

Ivan Joseph Martin Osiier

B. 1888-12-16, Denmark; D. 1965-12-23
Fencing (1 silver)

190819121920192419281932 1948HP Foil, individual SF:5th 8th sixth SF:5th SF:7th 1170.935 Foil, team fourth SF:3rd QF:3rd fourth 9-12 1205.325 Épée, individualQF:8th silver R1:7th SF:10th SF:7th 5028.869 Épée, teamSF:3rd SF:3rd R1:5th R1 R1:3rd R2:elim 764.498 Sabre, individual sixth SF:5th 7th 1321.5 Sabre, team R1:3rd sixth QF:3rd SF 494.175 9985.302

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 KonowDurward Knowles and Paul Elvstrøm.
His wife Ellen was the first female fencing champion, in 1924.

(83 HP)

Östen Östensen

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)

(56.5 HP)

Micheline Ostermeyer

B. 1922-12-23, Rang de Fliers, France
Track and Field (2 gold, 1 bronze)

1948HP Shot Putgold 9600 Discus Throwgold 9600 High Jumpbronze 3840 23040

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.

Andreas Ostler

Bobsledding (2 gold)

19521956HP Two-mangold 8th 8320 Four-mangold 4800 13120

Ole Østmo

Olympic Competitor nr 1242

last modified 2002-10-29

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