Kab - Kaf - Kah - Kai - Kak - Kal - Kam - Kan - Kap - Kar - Kas - Kat - Kau - Kaz
Rhytmic Gymnastics (1 gold, 1 bronze)
Olympic Competitor nr 200
B. 1890-08-24, Honolulu, Haw, USA; D. 1968-01-22, Honolulu
Swimming & Waterpolo (3 gold, 2 silver)
|100 m Free-style||gold||gold||silver||25200|
|4x200 m Free-style Relay||silver||gold||3250|
There are at least two versions of how Kahanamoku got his christian name
of Duke. One is that he acquiered the name because he was born in Princess
Ruth's palace in Honolulu during a visit by HRH Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh,
the second son of Queen Victoria. Another is that he was named after the
Duke of Wellington.
At Stockholm, the Americans were told there would be no semi finals, so they did not turn up. When the semi finals were then swam after all, the Americans were furious. They were allowed to swim a separate heat and would qualify for the final if they swam faster times. Kahanamoku was so enraged that he swam a World record in that heat and he went on to win gold.
At Antwerpen too there was commotion. The Australians had protested that William Herald had been boxed in by an American (this was before lane ropes were used), so the final had to be swum again. Kahanamoku's time of 1 min 00.4 sec in the first final was his third and last world record in the event, but he swam the rerun to claim his second title.
Finally at Paris, he was prevented from winning a third title by Johnny Weismuller. Like his conqueror, Kahanamoku began a film career.
He made a fifth olympic appearance in 1932, as a member of the USA Waterpolo team, but he did not enter the water.
As an expert of surfing, he introduced that sport to many parts of the world.
B. 1938-05-20, Delft, Netherlands
Speed Skating (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
Olympic Competitor nr 1335
Olympic Competitor nr 176
competed in 1992 as
while in 1996 his name was transliterated as
B. 1969-07-13, Tiflida, Georgia
represented Georgia in 1992, Greece in 1996.and 2000
Weight-Lifting (3 gold)
After winning his second gold medal, he said : 'The first of my golds I won
for Georgia, where I was born and lived for 23 years, But I also wanted to
win one for Greece, the country I love and where I and my parents now
He won his third gold medal in Sydney and will no doubt try for four in Athina.
The Hellene Olympic Federation has an excellent site on its performance at Atlanta, which includes a picture of Kakhiachvilis.
B. 1972-01-19, Zvolen, Slovakia
Canoeing - Wild Water (2 gold)
B. 1987-07-22, Sweden
Cross-Country Skiing (1 gold, 1 silver)
|10 km Freestyle||gold||6400|
|7.5 km + 7.5 km Pursuit||8th||256|
|30 km Classical, mass start||sixth||640|
B. 1978-03-10, Vac, Hungary
Canoeing (3 gold)
|K2 500 m||gold||fifth||fourth||8437.5|
|K2 1000 m||fifth||750|
|K4 1000 m||gold||gold||6400|
Fencing (2 silver)
Waterpolo (2 gold, 1 bronze)
Wrestling (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
|Free-style, +87 kg||gold||silver||bronze||24300|
|Greco-Roman, +87 kg||fourth||rd1||2496|
One of a few wrestlers who was succesful in both styles. He was World Champion
in Greco-Roman in 1955 and in Freestyle in 1958.
(see Kalle Anttila, Wilfried Dietrich, Ivar Johansson, Kristjan Palusalu, Rudolf Svensson, Carl Westergren)
B. 1908-02-17, Tallinn, Estonia; D. 1995-12-22
Wrestling, Freestyle & Greco-Roman (1 gold)
|Lightweight (-66 kg)||R1||gold||R1||10288.5|
|Featherweight (-62 kg)||R4||2407.5|
Olympic Competitor nr 73
Olympic Competitor nr 113
Olympic Competitor nr 212
Olympic Competitor nr 55
Olympic Competitor nr 58
B. 1968, Novosibirsk, Russia
Wrestling, Greco-Roman (3 gold, 1 silver)
Dubbed 'the World's Meanest Man', but a student of literature, poetry, opera
When he perfected the reverse body lift, common among lighter wrestlers, but never before seen in the heaviest category, he became unbeatable.
In 1999, he also won his twelfth World Championship (1988-1999)
When he was finally beaten in the final in Sydney, some commentators criticized his opponent's tactics, but he himself was gratious in defeat.
Nordic Combined (2 silver)
B. 1945-06-23, Hungary
Waterpolo (3 gold, 1 bronze)
Member of the Hungarian Waterpolo team from 1952 (aged just 17) to '64.
B. 1906-07-02, Eger, Hungary; D. 1996-09-23
Wrestling, Greco-Roman (1 gold, 1 silver)
|Greco-Roman, -62 kg||fourth||1950|
|Free-style, -66 kg||silver||gold||15600|
B. 1920-07-17, Budapest, Hungary
Fencing (6 gold)
Sabre champion of Hungary in 1948 and 1955, he won two individual world titles, in 1954 and 1959, and was also a member of the World Champion sabre team of 1953,'54,'55,'57 and '58.
Rowing (3 gold)
Winner of the skiff at Montreal, Moskva, Los Angeles.
Olympic Competitor nr 156
Waterpolo (3 gold)
Winner of the Waterpolo at Sydney, Athina and Beijing
Ice Hockey (2 gold, 1 silver)
He was listed as Egyptian, because he travelled from Alexandria to the Games in 1896. However, he was born in England and returned there afterwards. His brother Xenophon was born in Alexandria but competed in Athina in 1906 as a Briton.
Olympic Competitor nr 110
Snowboarding (2 silver)
B. 1946-10-11, Niigata Prefecture, Japan
Gymnastics (8 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
In Mexico City, although trailing behind Mikhail Voronin and Akinori Nakayama
after the compulsory exercises, this diminutive gymnast, 1.62m tall and 54kg,
produced an inspiring 9.9 mark on the floor exercises to give him the overall
title. Kato was an all-rounder, not a specialist; in fact he won only six
medals (on the floor gold in 1968, on the bar gold in 1976 and silver in
1972, on the parallel bars gold in 1972, silver on the horse in 1972 and
bronze on the rings in 1968) in individual items, although in '68, this was
due to an injury, sustained during the floor exercise. He was an easier combined
winner in München, where he headed a clean sweep of Japanese medallists.
In Montreal he came second in the individual combined, but he helped Japan
to their fifth team title in a row.
His older brother Takashi (B. 1942) was also part of the Japanese team in Mexico, earning gold and bronze.
Olympic Competitor nr 1178
Olympic Competitor nr 233
Olympic Competitor nr 1452
Olympic Competitor nr 1447
Olympic Competitor nr 884
B. 1951-12-17, from Leningrad (now St.Petersburg), Russia
Track and Field (3 gold)
Between her two golds on 1500 m, she gave birth to a daughter. She was the first woman to run faster than Paavo Nurmi's time of 1924.
Written 2001-10-04 - last modified 2002-10-30
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