Great Olympians

Biographies - WOL


Adolph Wold

B. 1892-09-30, Oslo, Norway; D. 1976-02-05
Football
1920 HP
Men's Team CR1 164
164


Demissie Wolde

B. 1937-03-08, represented Ethiopia
Athletics - Track & Field
1964 1968 1972 HP
Men's Marathon 10th 18th 153.84
153.84


Demisse "Mamo" Wolde

B. 1932-06-12, Dire Jila, Ethiopia; D. 2002-05-26
Track and Field (1 gold, 1 silver, 1 bronze)
1956 1960 1964 1968 1972 HP
800 m rd1:7th - - - 0.003
1500 m rd1:11th - - - 0.004
4x400 m Relay rd1:5th - - - 5.2
5000 m - - fin:dns - 10
10000 m - fourth silver - 5600
Marathon - dnf gold bronze 13440
19055.2

He already competed in 1956, when he finished last in his heats of the 800m, 1500m and 4x400m. 16 years later, at the age of 40, he ran his fastest marathon ever, more than five minutes faster than he had run for his gold medal in 1968, but it only earned him a bronze.
In 1992, he was arrested for crimes allegedly commited in 1978. After more than 6 years in prison, his trial started only in 1999, and he was released shortly after.


Tadesse Wolde-Medhin

B. 1936-10-02, Debre Birhan, Ethiopia
Athletics
1968 1972 HP
Men's 10000 metres R1:26th 0.064
Men's 3000 m Steeplechase R1:7th 1.62
1.684


Klaas Woldendorp

Olympic Competitor nr 7347


Tekeste Woldu

B. 1945-05-05, Asmara, Eritrea, represented Ethiopia
Cycling - Road
1968 1972 HP
Men's Road Race 53rd 52nd -6.98
Men's 100 km Team Time Trial 26th 27th 0.078
0.07800984


Roar Woldum

B. 1933-01-02, Oslo, Norway; D. 2014-01-21
Aquatics - Swimming
1952 HP
Men's 400 metres Freestyle R1:42nd 0.00004
Men's 1500 metres Freestyle R1:33rd 0.00256
0.0026


Aaron Wolf

B. 1995-02-25, represented Japan
Judo (1 gold, 1 silver)
2021 HP
Men's Half-Heavyweight (-99 kg) gold 9600
Mixed Team silver 1000
10600


Anton Wolf

B. 1933-04-21, from Graz, represented Austria
Football
1952 HP
Men's Team QF 287
287


Franz Wolf

B. 1938-07-05, Linz, Austria
Canoeing - Kayak Sprint
1960 HP
Men's Kayak Doubles 1000 metres SF:5th 12.9
12.9


Fritz Wolf

Olympic Competitor nr 3635


Guido Wolf

B. 1924-06-12, Vaduz, Liechtenstein; D. 1994-10-13
Shooting
1960 HP
Men's Small−Bore Rifle,  Three Positions QU:68th -9.26
Men's Small−Bore Rifle,  Prone QU:73rd -10.26
0.0000000002816


Günter Wolf

B. 1949-09-27, Würzburg, Bay., Germany, represented West Germany
Aquatics - Water Polo
1972 1976 HP
Men's Team fourth sixth 1120
1120


Hans Joachim Wolf

B. 1940-09-08, Bad Doberan, Germany, represented the USA
Cycling - Track
1964 HP
Men's Team Pursuit R1:12th 30
30


John Wolf

Olympic Competitor nr 1762


Jürgen Wolf

B. 1952-11-09, Clausnitz, Sachsen, Germany; represented East Germany
Cross-Country Skiing
1976 HP
Men's 15 kilometres 25th 0.1
0.1


Karl Johann Friedrich Wolf

B. 1912-02-11, Ladenburg, B-W, Germany; D. 1975-03-01
Athletics - Track & Field
1952 HP
Men's Hammer Throw sixth 960
960


Karl-Heinz Wolf

B. 1951-07-04, Meiningen, Thür., Germany, represented East Germany
Biathlon
1976 HP
Men's 20 kilometres 15th 12.5
12.5


Manfred Wolf

B. 1948-01-11, Steinbach-Hallenberg, Thür., Germany, represented East Germany
Ski Jumping
1972 HP
Men's Normal Hill 38th -3.26
Men's Large Hill fifth 1000
1000.000256


Max Wolf

Olympic Competitor nr 1724


Nol Wolf

B. 1903-08-07, Den Haag, the Netherlands; D. 1982-09-21
Athletics - Track & Field
1928 HP
Men's 5000 m R1:dnf 0.00064
0.00064


Paul Wolf

B. 1879-11-21, Schrozberg, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, now Zielona Góra in Poland; D. 1974-09-09
Art Competitions
1928 HP
Architecture - unknown event AC 73.37
73.37


Paul Gilbert Wolf

B. 1915-10-05, Madison, Ind., USA; D. 1972-10-14
Aquatics - Swimming (1 silver)
1936 HP
Men's 4x200 metres Freestyle Relay silver 1000
1000


Sebastião Wolf

Olympic Competitor nr 7348


Ulrich "Ulli" Wolf

B. 1949-02-28, Villach, Austria
Rowing
1972 1976 HP
Men's Single Sculls Rep:4th 41.8
Men's Coxless Pairs Rep:4th
41.8


Wallace Perry "Wally" Wolf

B. 1920-10-02, Los Angeles, Cal., USA; D. 1997-03-12
Aquatics - Swimming & Aquatics - Water Polo (2 gold)
1948 1952 1956 1960 HP
Men's 4x200 m Freestyle Relay gold (gold) 1664
Men's Water Polo fifth 7th 700
2364


Lars-Erik Ragnar Wolfbrandt

B. 1928-12-08, Forshem, Sweden; D. 1991-03-23
Athletics (1 bronze)
1948 1952 HP
Men's 400 m SF:dns 52
Men's 800 m 8th 256
Men's 4x400 m Relay bronze R1:3rd 708
1016


Roland Wolfe

B. 1914-10-08, Dallas, Texas, USA; D. 2010-01-14
Gymnastics (1 gold)
1932 HP
Men's Tumbling gold 6400
6400


Jakob Wolfensberger

B. 1933-04-21, represented Switzerland
Archery
1972 HP
Men's Individual 22nd 0.6
0.6


James David Wolfensohn

B. 1933-12-01, Sydney, NSW, Australia
Fencing
1956 HP
Men's Épée, Team R1:4th 20.5
20.5


Klaus Wolfermann

B. 1946-03-31, Altdorf bei Nürnberg, Bay., Germany, represented West Germany
Athletics (1 gold)
1968 1972 HP
Men's Javelin Throw QU:16th gold 9609.6
9609.6


Adam Wolff

B. 1899-08-14, Warszawa, Poland, then part of Russia; D. 1984-02-07
Sailing
1928 HP
One Person Dinghy (12-foot) 18th 3.84
3.84

He was replaced for the final race by Władysław Krzyżanowski.


Albert Wolff

B. 1906-07-13, Barr, now in France, then part of Germany, represented the USA; D. 1989-06-14
Fencing
1948 1952 HP
Men's Épée, Individual R1:6th 0.00000021
Men's Épée, Team QF:3rd QF:4th 39.75
39.75000021

He would have represented France at Berlin in 1936, but as a Jew, he refused to go. He fought in the French Army during World War II, and was captured by the Germans and placed in a Jewish war camp. Wolff escaped and made it to the United States via Portugal. He joined the US Army and returned to Europe fighting the Germans.


Camille Wolff

B. 1894-06-15, Luxembourg, Luxembourg; D. 1977-12-30
Tennis
1924 HP
Men's Singles R1 0.00000000019
0.00000000019


Diego Wolff

B. 1934-08-30, Aurich, Germany, represented Argentina
Aquatics - Water Polo
1960 HP
Men's Team R1:3rd 45.5
45.5


Frederick Ferdinand "Freddie" Wolff

B. 1910-10-13, Hong Kong, lived in London since 1919, represented Great Britain; D. 1988-01-26
Athletics - Track and Field (1 gold)
1936 HP
Men's 4x400 metres Relay gold 1600
1600


Harry Wolff

B. 1905-07-02, Nyköping, Sweden; D. 1987-04-29
Boxing
1924 HP
Men's Bantamweight (-53.5 kg) R2 79.13
79.13


Vilhelm Wolfhagen

Olympic Competitor nr 4723


August Wolfinger

B. 1949-11-05, Balzers, Liechtenstein
Alpine Skiing
1964 HP
Men's Downhill 52nd -6.40
Men's Giant Slalom 46th -5.64
Men's Slalom R1:47th -10.40
0.0000068


Weltin Franz Anton Wolfinger

B. 1925-05-12, Montreux, Switzerland, represented Liechtenstein; D. 2010-07-15
Bobsleigh
1956 HP
Two‐Man dnf 0.125
0.125


Karl Wölfl

B. 1914-01-05, from Wien, represented Austria; D. 2004-11-29
Track Cycling
1936 HP
Men's Team Pursuit 10th 75
75


Heinz Wolfram

B. 1935-01-17, Greisitz, Brandenburg (now Gryżyce in Poland), lived in Karl-Marx-Stadt (now Chemnitz), represented Germany
Speed Skating
1960 HP
Men's 5000 metres 36th 0.00064
Men's 10000 metres 29th 0.016
0.01664


Manfred Wolke

B. 1943-01-14, Potsdam, Brand., Germany, represented East Germany
Boxing (1 gold)
1968 1972 HP
Men's Welterweight (-67 kg) gold R16 9679.13
9679.13


Rudolph Wolken

Olympic Competitor nr 2317


Andrzej Wołkowski

B. 1913-02-14, Krakow, Poland, then part of Austria; D. 1995-03-04
Ice Hockey
1936 HP
Men's Team R1:3rd 45.5
45.5


Ernst Wöll

B. 1907-02-04, represented Austria
Shooting
1948 HP
Men's Small−Bore Rifle 60th 0.000000015
0.000000015


Carl Wollert

Olympic Competitor nr 5081


Hjalmar Wollgarth

Olympic Competitor nr 4116


Gert Wollheim

B. 1894-09-11, Loschwitz, Sachsen, Germany; D. 1974-04-22
Art Competitions
1928 1932 HP
Painting, Paintings AC 25.02
Painting, unknown event AC 2.186
27.206


Heinz Max Hugo Wöllner

B. 1913-07-25, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany; D. 1945-04-10
Athletics - Track and Field
1936 HP
Men's Triple Jump fourth 2400
2400


Helmut Wollmann

B. 1947-03-16, Berlin, Germany, represented East Germany
Rowing
1968 HP
Men's Coxed Pairs fourth 2000
2000


Rolf Wollner

B. 1906-04-28, Leipzig, Sachsen, Germany; D. 1988-07-06
Hockey (1 bronze)
1928 HP
Men's Team (bronze) 800
800


André Wollscheidt

B. 1914-04-24, Esch-sur-Alzette, Luxembourg; D. 1995-01-31
Boxing
1936 HP
Men's Lightweight (-61.2 kg) R1 1.617
1.617


Gertrude "Trude" Wollschläger

B. 1912-11-09, Duisburg, N-W, Germany; D. 1975-07-10
Aquatics - Swimming
1936 HP
Women's 200 metres Breaststroke SF:8th 384
384


Ryszard Wolny

B. 1969-03-24, Racibórz, Poland
Wrestling, Greco-Roman (1 gold)
1988 1992 1996 2000 2004 HP
Men's Bantamweight (-57 kg) 17th 10812
Men's Lightweight (-68 kg) 7th gold
Men's Welterweight (-69 kg) 7th
Men's Welterweight (-66 kg) 17th
10812


Stanisław Wołodko

B. 1950-03-20, Vilnius, Lithuania, represented Poland
Athletics - Track and Field
1976 HP
Men's Discus Throw QU:18th 3.84
3.84


Hans Wölpert

B. 1898-09-30, München, Bayern, Germany; D. 1957-01-01
Weightlifting (1 silver, 1 bronze)
1928 1932 HP
Men's Featherweight (-60 kg) bronze silver 9840
9840


Cecelia Wolstenholme

B. 1915-05-18, Manchester, England, Great Britain; D. 1968
Swimming
1932 HP
Women's 200m Breasttroke R1:3rd 384
384


Hendrik Wolter

B. 1873-07-15, Amsterdam, the Netherlands; D. 1952-10-29
Art Competitions
1924 HP
Painting 2 works 126.08
126.08


Fred Wolters

B. 1904-06-14, San Francisco, Cal., USA; D. 1990-12-29
Hockey (1 bronze)
1932 HP
Men's Team bronze 1280
1280


John Albert Wolters

B. 1940-09-09, New York, NY, USA
Canoeing - Kayak Sprint
1960 HP
Men's Kayak Doubles 1000 metres SF:6th 3.24
3.24


Alexander Nicolaas "Skip" Wolters

B. 1929-11-23 in the Dutch East Indies, represented Singapore; D. 2003-12-12
Aquatics - Water Polo
1956 HP
Men's Team 10th 50
50


Wiebe Johan Wolters

B. 1932-12-25 in the Dutch East Indies, represented Singapore; D. 2011-01-15
Aquatics - Water Polo
1956 HP
Men's Team 10th 50
50


Hainz Wöltje

B. 1902-01-04, Hannover, Niedersachsen, Germany; D. 1968-09-26
Hockey (1 bronze)
1928 HP
Men's Team bronze 1280
1280


Written 2002-10-30 - last modified 2022-07-18

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