Great Olympians

Biographies - LAT


Laták Attila

B. 1945-09-09, Budapest, Hungary; D. 1991-12-08
Freestyle Wrestling
1972 HP
Men's Light-Flyweight (-48 kg) 11th 96
96


Jacques Vital Lucien Lataste

B. 1922-06-07, La Grand-Combe, France; D. 2011-11-10
Fencing (2 gold, 1 silver)
1948 1952 1956 HP
Men's Foil, Individual fourth R1:7th 2000.072
Men's Foil, Team gold gold silver 6300
8300.072


Josef "Jef" Lataster

B. 1922-07-27, Heerlen, the Netherlands; D. 2014-09-16
Athletics
1948 HP
Men's 5000 m R1:7th 1.08
Men's 10000 m AC 9.836
10.916


René Lateux

Olympic Competitor nr 4028


Mohamed Latif

B. 1909-10-23, Beni Suef, Egypt; D. 1990-03-17
Football
1936 HP
Men's Team R1 26.38
26.38


Muhammad Latif

B. 1939-02-13, represented Pakistan
Wrestling - Freestyle
1956 HP
Men's Welterweight (-73 kg) 7th 600
600


Sheikh Abdul L. Latif

B. 1928-08-15, Purnia, Bihar, India; D. 2000-02-02
Football
1952 1956 1960 HP
Men's Team QR fourth R1:4th 807.845
807.845


Ibrahim "Nader" Latifi

B. 1939-01-27, represented Iran
Football
1964 HP
Men's Team R1:4th 10.4
10.4


Armando Latini

B. 1913-05-20, Roma, Italy
Track Cycling (1 silver)
1936 HP
Men's Team Pursuit silver 3000
3000


Grzegorz Bolesław Lato

B. 1950-04-08, Malbork, Poland
Football (1 gold, 1 silver)
1972 1976 HP
Men's Team (gold) silver 4000
4000


Látó Lajos

B. 1932, from Budapest, represented Hungary
Cycling - Road
1952 HP
Men's Road Race dnf 8x10-19
Men's Road Race, Team dnf -
8x10-19


Wacław Latocha

B. 1936-10-25, Wolbórz, Poland; D. 2006-04-27
Cycling - Track
1964 1968 HP
Men's 1000 metres Time Trial 7th 600
Men's Team Pursuit QF 430.5
1030.5


Lator Géza

B. 1889, Maramures, now in Romania, lived in Budapest, represented Hungary
Ice Hockey
1928 HP
Men's Team Qu:4th 32
32


Víctor Miguel Tomás Latou Jaume

B. 1913-04-30, Montevideo, Uruguay; D. 2002-12-12
Basketball
1936 HP
Men's Team sixth 320
320


Tuffield Albert "Tuffy" Latour

B. 1909-11-18, Saranac Lake, NY, USA; D. 1965-07-03
Bobsleigh
1948 HP
Men's Two 9th 200
200


Olavi Latsa

B. 1929-07-19, Salmi, Karelia, now in Russia, represented Finland; D. 1988-03-04
Cross-Country Skiing
1956 HP
Men's 30 kilometres 9th 160
160


Hans Latscha

Olympic Competitor nr 1668


Robert Lattermann

B. 1930-11-25, represented Austria; D. 1995-03-13
Equestrianism - Dressage
1956 HP
Dressage, Individual 25th 0.125
0.125


Giovanni Lattuada

B. 1905-01-12, Caronno Pertusella, Italy; D. 1984-04-16
Gymnastics (1 bronze)
1932 HP
Men's Horizontal Bar 12th 10
Men's Rings bronze 640
650


Pekka Lattunen

B. 1938-06-26, Kivennapa (now Pervomayskoye in Russia), represented Finland
Speed Skating
1964 HP
Men's 500 metres 15th 10
10


Larysa Semenivna Latynina

B. 1934-12-27, Kherson, Ukraine
Gymnastics (9 gold, 5 silver, 4 bronze)
1956 1960 1964 HP
Individual combined gold gold silver 25200
Team combined gold gold gold 9600
Floor Exercises gold gold gold 9600
Vault gold bronze silver 4050
Uneven Bars silver silver bronze 2904
Beam fourth silver bronze 2244
Team with Portable Apparatus bronze 640
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This spectacular gymnast took nine Olympic titles, five silver and four bronze medals.
Her complete record shows her domination of the sport between her debut in 1954 and her retirement twelve years later. In Olympic, World and European Championships she took twenty-four gold medals, fifteen silver and five bronze. What makes this feat even more astonishing is that her career was interrupted by her giving birth to two children.
Mrs Latynina was renowned for her technical proficiency. Her ease in moving from one intricate position to another gave the sport a new concept. Moreover her desire for perfection meant that she kept on improving, forcing her contemporaries to raise their standard as well. Her best event, the floor excercises, in which she won three Olympic gold medals, emphasised this grace of movement. Her efforts and example firmly established the USSR's prominence in the women's branch of the sport.


Written 2000-12-22 - last modified 2022-03-09

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