Great Olympians

Biographies - SPI


Alan Spiegel

B. 1959-08-07, Opava, Czechia, represented Czechoslovakia
Figure Skating
1976 HP
Pairs 13th 32
32


Giora Spiegel

B. 1947-07-27, Petah Tikva, Israel
Football
1968 HP
Men's Team QF 287
287


Hans Spiegel

B. 1894-02-02, Männerstadt, Bayern, Germany; D. 1966-09-15
Art Competitions
1936 HP
Painting - unknown event AC 3.724
3.724


Lothar Spiegelberg

B. 1939-10-27, Berlin, Germany
Cycling - Track
1964 HP
Men's Individual Pursuit QF 861
861


Ingrid Spiegelová

B. 1960-08-06, Opava, Czechia, represented Czechoslovakia
Figure Skating
1976 HP
Pairs 13th 32
32


Eugen Spiegler

Olympic Competitor nr 3085


Mordechai Spiegler

B. 1944-08-19, Sochi, Russia, represented Israel
Football
1968 HP
Men's Team QF 287
287


Christine "Christa" Spielberg

B. 1941-12-21, Niederlungwitz, Sachsen, Germany, represented East Germany
Athletics
1968 HP
Women's Discus Throw 7th 600
600


Fritz Spielmann

B. 1933-03-26, Innsbruck, Austria; D. 2009-07-22
Ice Hockey
1956 1960 1964 HP
Men's Team 10th 13th 62.8
62.8


Gunther Spielvogel

B. 1944-04-27, Sosnowitz (now Sosnowiec in Poland), represented West Germany
Athletics
1968 HP
Men's High Jump 7th 600
600


Günter Spies

B. 1948-01-22, Kenzingen, B-W, Germany, represented West Germany
Artistic Gymnastics
1972 HP
Men's Individual Combined 25th 0.1
Men's Team Combined fifth 250
250.1


Nicola Andrea Spieß

B. 1958-07-29, Innsbruck, Austria
Alpine Skiing
1976 HP
Women's Downhill fourth 1600
Women's Slalom dnf -4.40
1600.00004


Charles William "Chuck" Spieser

B. 1929-08-02, Detroit, Mich., USA; D. 1996-12-21
Boxing
1948 HP
Men's Light−Heavyweight (-80 kg) R2 79.13
79.13

He was also a non-starter at the Men's Light-Heavyweight (-81 kg) in 1952


Robert Spiess

Olympic Competitor nr 5029

He was born in Moscow but played his tennis in Dresden and Bremen


Clement E. G. Spiette

B. 1916-09-24, London, Great Britain, represented Belgium
Canoeing - Kayak Flatwater
1936 HP
Men's Kayak Doubles 10000m 9th 120
120


Sante Spigarelli

B. 1943-10-31, Sigillo, Italy
Archery
1972 1976 1980 HP
Men's Individual 35th 10th 14th 174.0015
174.0015


Garibaldi Spighi

B. 1891-06-12, Pisa, Italy; D. 1978-07-09
Equestrianism - Eventing & Equestrianism - Jumping (1 silver)
1920 HP
Three-day Event, Individual fifth 1250
Three-day Event, Team silver 1000
Jumping, Individual 10th 150
2400


Giusto Spigno

B. 1916-06-04, Genova, Italy
Sailing
1952 HP
6 metres class 8th 128
128


(Ulf) Håkan Spik

B. 1951-08-18, Kruunupyy, Finland
Track & Field
1976 1980 HP
Men's Marathon 16th 32nd 9.606
9.606


Luka Spik

B. 1979-02-09, Kranj, Slovenia
Rowing (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 HP
Double Sculls 14th gold silver sixth bronze 21275
21275


Dimitrios Spiliotopoulos

Olympic Competitor nr 2574


Joan Arlene Spillane

B. 1943-01-31, Glen Ridge, NJ, USA
Aquatics - Swimming (2 gold)
1960 HP
Women's 4x100 metres Freestyle Relay gold 1600
Women's 4x100 metres Medley Relay (gold) 64
1664


Fred Spiller

Olympic Competitor nr 4834


Marcel Spilliaert

B. 1924-11-04, Tourcoing, France; D. 1992
Aquatics - Water Polo
1948 HP
Men's Team sixth 320
320


Hans Rudolf "Hansruedi" Spillmann

B. 1932-01-07, Zürich, Switzerland
Shooting (1 silver)
1960 HP
Men's Small−Bore Rifle,  Prone 32nd 0.004
Men's Free Rifle silver 6000
6000.004


(Jules) Rodolphe Spillmann

B. 1895-10-25, La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland; D. 1981-02-28
Fencing
1948 HP
Men's Épée, Individual QF:6th 0.0034
0.0034


Günter Spindler

B. 1949-03-19, Leuna, S-A, Germany, represented East Germany
Freestyle Wrestling
1972 HP
Men's Light-Heavyweight (-90 kg) 7th 600
600


Herbert Spindler

B. 1954-04-06, Salzburg, Austria
Cycling - Road
1976 1980 HP
Men's Road Race 18th 19th 6.24
Men's 100 km Team Time Trial 13th 19.2
25.44


Ralph Spinella

B. 1923-05-08, Waterbury, Conn., USA
Fencing
1960 HP
Men's Épée, Individual R1:4th 0.00011
Men's Épée, Team (R2) 16.9
16.90011


Brunello Spinelli

B. 1939-05-26, Firenze, Italy; D. 2018-02-06
Aquatics - Water Polo (1 gold)
1960 HP
Men's Team (gold) 128
128


Guglielmo Spinello

B. 1951-11-21, Piove di Sacco, Italy
Boxing
1972 HP
Men's Light-Heavyweight (-81 kg) R16 79.13
79.13


Leonard "Leon" Spinks, Jr.

B. 1953-07-11, St. Louis, MO, USA; D. 2021-02-05
Boxing (1 gold)
1976 HP
Men's Light-Heavyweight (-81 kg) gold 9600
9600


Michael Spinks

B. 1956-07-22, St. Louis, MO, USA
Boxing (1 gold)
1976 HP
Men's Middleweight (-75 kg) gold 9600
9600

He reached the quarterfinal without having had to fight, because of the African boycott. Then he did not need to fight the semifinal because his opponent was hurt. Both his other fights were won quite decisively, though.


Terence George "Terry" Spinks

B. 1938-02-28, London, England, Great Britain; D. 2012-04-26
Boxing (1 gold)
1956 HP
Men's Flyweight (-51 kg) gold 9600
9600


Adolf Spinnler

B. 1879-07-18, Liestal, Basel-Landschaft, Switzerland - D. 1950 -11-20

Olympic Competitor nr 1693


Alberto Spinola

B. 1943-05-11, Leça de Palmeira, Portugal, lived in Roma, represented Italy; D. 2018-08-02
Aquatics - Water Polo
1964 HP
Men's Team fourth 800
800


Giovanni Spinola

B. 1935-07-31, Gravedona, Italy
Rowing (1 silver)
1964 HP
Men's Coxed Fours silver 3000
3000


Rocco Spinola

B. 1930-10-27, Supersano, Italy
Weightlifting
1960 HP
Men's Bantamweight (-56 kg) 12th 60
60


Doina Spînu

B. 1957-05-09, Dărmănești, Romania
Athletics - Track and Field
1976 HP
Women's Long Jump QU:20th 1.5
1.5


Doru Spînu

B. 1955-08-23, București, Romania
Aquatics - Water Polo
1976 1980 HP
Men's Team fourth 9th 880
880


Peter Charles Francis Spir

B. 1955-11-06, Manchester, England, represented Canada
Athletics - Track and Field
1976 HP
Men's 1500 metres R1:39th -3.16
0.00016


Aleksey Sergeyevich Spiridonov

B. 1951-11-20, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, represented the Soviet Union; D. 1998-04-09
Athletics - Track and Field (1 silver)
1976 HP
Men's Hammer Throw silver 6000
6000


Yevgeny Spiridonov

B. 1947-03-16, Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, represented the Soviet Union
Aquatics - Swimming
1968 HP
Men's 100 metres Backstroke R1:20th 1
1


Nicola Spirig

competed in 2016 and 2021 as

Nicola Spirig Hug

B. 1982-02-07, Bülach, Switzerland
Triathlon (1 gold, 1 silver)
2004 2008 2012 2016 2021 HP
Women's Olympic Distance 19th sixth gold silver sixth 21703
Mixed Relay 7th 100
21803


Leonid Vasilyevich Spirin

B. 1932-06-21, Moskva, Russia, represented the Soviet Union; D. 1982-02-23
Athletics - Track & Field (1 gold)
1956 HP
Men's 20 kilometres Walk gold 6400
6400


Carlo Maria Spirito

B. 1920-05-01, Savona, Italy; D. 2009-06
Sailing
1952 1956 HP
Three Person Keelboat (Dragon) 9th 560
5.5 metres class 7th
560


Dumitru Spîrlea

B. 1950-11-10, București, Romania
Modern Pentathlon
1972 1976 1980 HP
Men's Individual 23rd 22nd 0.82
Men's Team 12th 11th 26
26.82


Toni Spiß

B. 1930-04-08, Sankt Anton am Arlberg, Austria; D. 1993-03-20
Alpine Skiing (1 bronze)
1952 HP
Men's Giant Slalom bronze 2560
Men's Slalom R1:dnf -
2560


Frans Gerhard Spits

B. 1946-06-13, Amsterdam, the Netherlands
Hockey
1968 1972 HP
Men's Team fifth fourth 1300
1300


Nicolaas Bernard "Nico" Spits

B. 1943-09-07, Amstelveen, the Netherlands
Hockey
1964 1968 1972 HP
Men's Team 7th/8th fourth 964
964


Denis Sergeyevich Spitsov

B. 1996-08-16, Vozhega, Russia
Cross-Country Skiing (1 gold, 3 silver, 1 bronze)
2018 2022 HP
15 km Freestyle bronze 2560
50 km Classical 18th 642.56
50 km Freestyle sixth
Skiathlon fourth silver 5600
Team Relay (4 x 10 km) silver gold 2600
Team Sprint silver 3000
14402.56


George Spitz

B. 1912-06-19, New York, NY, USA; D. 1986-04
Athletics
1932 HP
Men's High Jump 9th 240
240


Hanneliese Spitz

B. 1941-11-24, Wien, Austria (then part of Germany)
Canoeing - Kayak Sprint
1964 HP
Women's Kayak Singles 500 metres sixth 640
640


Mark Andrew Spitz

B. 1950-02-10, Modesto, Cal, USA
Swimming (9 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1968 1972 HP
100 m Free-style bronze gold 8960
200 m Free-style - gold 6400
100 m Butterfly silver gold 10400
200 m Butterfly 8th gold 6656
4 x 100 m Free-style Relay gold gold 3200
4 x 200 m Free-style Relay gold gold 3200
4 x 100 m Medley relay - gold 1600
40416

Spitz's comparative failure at Mexico (two relay golds) brought him almost as much publicity as his seven gold medals at München.
Best known for his performances at 100 and 200 metres freestyle and butterfly, he also broke the 400 metres world record three times and came within 0.4 sec of the 1500 metres world record in 1966.
A poster of Spitz, wearing his Olympic medals, brought him 10000 $ and 15cts on every one sold. He thus became a professional but when this was no longer important to the IOC, he tried to qualify for the 1988 Olympics.


Sabine Spitz

B. 1971-12-27, Bad Säckingen, Germany
Cycling, Mountain Bike (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
2000 2004 2008 2012 2016 HP
Cross Country 9th bronze gold silver 19th 24603
24603


Roland Spitzer

Olympic Competitor nr 4154


Written 2001-01-25 - last modified 2022-08-30

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