Great Olympians

Biographies - SH

Sha - She - Shi - Sho

Boris Shakhlin

B. 1932-01-27, Ishim, Kazakhstan
Gymnastics Men (7 gold, 4 silver, 2 bronze)
1956 1960 1964 HP
Individual Combined 8th gold silver(*) 10656
Team gold silver silver 4500
Pommeled Horse gold gold - 3200
Horizontal bar 13th bronze gold 2246.4
Parallel Bars 8th gold - 1664
Vaults fourth gold(°) fifth 2475
Rings 15th silver bronze 1642.5
Floor Exercises 28th - - 0.0064

(°) Takashi Ono and Boris Shakhlin were equal first on the Vaults at Rome. Shakhlin beat Ono for the overall title by a mere 0.05 points.
(*) Boris Shakhlin, Shuji Tsurumi and Viktor Lissizki were equal silver at the Individual Combined at Tokyo
He was rather large for a gymnast (1.71 m and 70 kg), which helped him on the bar and horse, but he always failed on the floor exercises.

Ibrahim Hassan Shams

Weight-lifting (1 gold, 1 bronze)
1936 1948 HP
-60 kg bronze 16800
-67.5 kg gold

Oleksander Shaparenko

Canoeing (2 gold, 1 silver)
1968 1972 1976 HP
K1, 1000 m silver gold fifth 14250
K2, 1000 m gold - - 4800

Lewis Pendleton Sheldon

B. 1874-06-09, Rutland, VT, USA; D. 1960-02-18
Athletics (2 bronze)
1900 HP
Triple Jump bronze 3840
Standing High Jump bronze 3840
Standing Long Jump fourth 2400
Standing Triple Jump fourth 2400

Olympic Competitor nr 1021

Richard Sheldon

B. 1878-07-09, USA; D. 1935-01-23
Athletics (1 gold, 1 bronze)
1900 HP
Shot Put gold 9600
Discus Throw bronze 3840

Olympic Competitor nr 783

Shen Xue

Figure Skating (1 gold, 2 bronze)
1998 2002 2006 2010 HP
Pairs fifth bronze bronze gold 19562.5

Four times together with Zhao Hongbo.

John James Shepherd

B. 1884-06-02, Great Britain; D. 1954-07-09
Tug-of-War (2 gold, 1 silver)
1908 1912 1920 HP
Tug of War gold silver gold 11400

(126 HP)

Melvin Whinfield Sheppard

B. 1883-09-05, Almonesson, NJ, USA; D. 1942-01-04
Track and Field (4 gold, 1 silver)
1908 1912 HP
400 m - SF:2 311.2
800 m gold silver 8800
1500 m gold FIN 4868
1600 m Relay gold 2800
4x400 m Relay gold

At London, he went through the first 400 metres in 53 seconds and he went on to win the 800 metres in the world record time of 1.52.8. At Stockholm, he tried the same, but after an opening lap of 52.4, he was overtaken by Ted Meredith who set a new world record of 1.51.9.
He was rejected by the New York Police because he had a weak heart, but he would later become a lawyer and he defended the kidnappers of the Lindberg children.

Vitali Sherbo

B. 1972-01-13, Minsk, Belarus
Gymnastics (6 gold, 4 bronze)
1992 1996 HP
Individual Combined gold bronze 8960
Team gold fourth 2000
Parallel Bars gold bronze 2240
Vaults gold bronze 2240
Rings gold 1600
Pommeled Horse gold 1600
Bar bronze 640
Floor Exercises sixth 160

The last national champion of the USSR in 1990.

Martin Sheridan

B. 1881-03-28, Ireland, but lived in New York, NY, USA; D. 1918-03-27
Track and Field (5 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
1904 1906 1908 HP
Shot Put fourth gold comp. 9029
Discus Throw gold 16800
Discus Throw, freestyle gold gold
Discus Throw, Greek style fourth gold 6000
Stone Throw silver 4500
Standing Long Jump silver bronze 7380
Standing High Jump silver 16th 4507.2
Triple Jump 9th 180
Pentathlon 25th 0.113

An extra throw had to decide the winner of the St.Louis discus, as Sheridan and Ralph Rose had both thrown an equal 39.28 m. Sheridan threw 1.52 m further.
He won two gold (Shot, Discus) and three silver (standing high and long jumps, stone throw) at Athina in 1906.
The competitions of Standing High Jump and Discus, Greek style, were going on at the same time, but still Sheridan managed to finish in the top-four in both.
His 25th place in the pentathlon is because he had to withdraw after the first event because of injury. He had been the big favorite, and his withdrawal threw the competition wide open.

Jean Shiley

B. 1911-11-20, Harrisburg, PA, USA
Track & Field (1 gold)
1928 1932 HP
High Jump fourth gold 12000

In the final at Los Angeles, Shiley and Babe Didrikson had both jumped 1.65 m, the new world record at the time. They then had a jump-off at 1.67 m. Again, both cleared it, but it would not count as a World record (because it had been in a jump-off). The judges ruled however, that Didrickson had made an illegal jump (exactly the same as during the whole competition - but ...) and so Shiley received the gold medal.

Hiroyasu Shimizu

Speed Skating (1 gold, 1 silver)
1994 1998 2002 2006 HP
500 m fifth gold silver 18th 13940.7

Frank Shorter

B. in München, USA national
Track and Field (1 gold, 1 silver)

He won the Marathon in his birthplace, the first and only man to do so.
(168 HP)

Written 2000-12-14 - last modified 2002-10-29

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