Great Olympians

Biographies - PI

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M. Piaggio

Olympic Competitor nr 1424


Olympic Competitor nr 1555

Perikles Pierrakos-Mavromikhalis

Olympic Competitor nr 40


Olympic Competitor nr 361

Zbigniew Pietrzykowski

Boxing (1 silver, 2 bronze)
1956 1960 1964 HP
Light Middleweight (-71kg) bronze 10032
Light Heavyweight (-81 kg) silver bronze

In 1956, he lost in the semi final to Papp László. In 1960, he lost to Cassius Clay (Mohammed Ali) in the final.

G. Pigeard

Olympic Competitor nr 485

Kustaa Pihlajamäki

B. 1902-04-07, Nurmo, Finland; D. 1944-02-10
Wrestling - Free-Style (2 gold, 1 silver)
1924 1928 1932 1936 HP
Bantamweight (-56 kg) gold 40050
Featherweight (-61 kg) silver gold
-66 kg fifth

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.

Paul Henry Pilgrim

B. 1883-10-26, USA; D. 1958-01-08
Track and Field (3 gold)
1904 1906 1908 HP
400 m comp. gold heat:2 4913
800 m comp. gold 4912
4 miles Team gold 1200


Olympic Competitor nr 1582

Jules Pinaud

Olympic Competitor nr 1146

Georges Pinault

Olympic Competitor nr 729

Clarence Elmer "Bud" Pinkston

B. 1900-02-02, USA; D. 1961-11-18
Diving (1 gold, 1 silver, 2 bronze)
1920 1924 HP
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.

Matthew Pinsent, MBE

B. 1970-10-10, Henley-on-Thames, Great Britain
Rowing (4 gold)
1992 1996 2000 2004 HP
Coxless Pairs gold gold 32000
Coxless Fours gold gold 19200

Partner in Barcelona, Atlanta and Sydney to Steven Redgrave. He achieved a fourth gold in Athina.


Olympic Competitor nr 275

Cherie Piper

Ice Hockey (3 gold)
2002 2006 2010 HP
team gold gold gold 19200

Member of the Canadian Ice Hockey team that won gold in Salt Lake City, Torino and Vancouver.

Dumitru Pirvulescu

Wrestling, Greco-Roman (1 gold, 1 bronze)
1956 1960 1964 HP
-52 kg fourth gold bronze 19800

Written 2001-02-02 - last modified 2002-10-30

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