Olympic Sports

Events in Sport

Events 1 - 100 of 276

  • 1892-11-23 P de Coubertin launches plan for Modern Olympic Games
  • 1894-06-23 The International Olympic Committee is founded at the Sorbonne, Paris, at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin
  • 1894-06-24 Decision to hold modern Olympics every 4 years
  • 1896-03-25 Modern Olympics began in Athens, Greece [NS=Apr 6]
  • 1896-04-06 1st modern Olympic games open in Athens Greece [3/25 OS] American, James Connolly, wins 1st Olympic gold medal in mod history
  • 1896-04-10 Spiridon Louis wins 1st Olympic marathon (2:58:50)
  • 1896-04-15 First modern Olympic games close in Athens, Greece
  • 1900-05-20 2nd modern Olympic games opens in Paris (lasted 5 months)
  • 1900-05-25 Eyre M Shaw, 78, becomes oldest gold medalist in Olympics

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1900-07-11 Charlotte Cooper beats Hélène Prévost to become the 1st female Olympic tennis champion and the 1st individual female Olympic champion in any sport

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1900-07-19 Michel Théato wins 2nd olympics marathon (2:59:45.0-40,260k)
  • 1900-08-19 Start of the one & only olympic cricket match, in Paris
  • 1900-08-20 Great Britain beats France in cricket in Olympic Games
  • 1900-10-28 After over 5 months second Olympic games in Paris, France, close
  • 1904-07-01 3rd modern Olympic games opens in St Louis
  • 1904-08-29 3rd modern Olympic Games opens in St Louis, the 1st held in the U.S.
  • 1904-08-30 Thomas Hicks wins 3rd Olympics marathon (3:28:53.0) (40 km)
  • 1904-09-03 St Louis Olympics closes
  • 1904-11-23 3rd Olympic games close in St Louis
  • 1906-04-09 3½th modern Olympic games opens in Athens (4/22 NS)
  • 1906-04-22 10th anniversary Olympic games open at Athens, Greece
  • 1906-05-22 10th anniversary Olympic games close at Athens, Greece
  • 1906-11-19 London selected to host 1908 Olympics
  • 1908-04-27 4th modern Olympic games opens in London
  • 1908-07-24 John Hayes wins 4th olympics marathon (2:55:18.4 world record)
  • 1908-10-31 4th Olympic games ends in London

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1909-06-16 Jim Thorpe makes his pro baseball pitching debut for Rocky Mount (ECL) with 4-2 win, this will cause him to forfeit his Olympic medals

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1910-10-20 The hull of the RMS Olympic, sister-ship to the ill-fated RMS Titanic, is launched from the Harland and Wolff shipyard in Belfast, Ireland.
  • 1912-05-05 5th Olympic games open at Stockholm, Sweden
  • 1912-07-14 Kenneth McArthur runs Olympic record marathon (2:36:54.8)
  • 1912-07-22 5th Olympic games in Stockholm, Sweden closes
  • 1912-09-11 Netherland Olympic Committee forms
  • 1913-01-26 Jim Thorpe relinquishes his 1912 Olympic medals for playing as a professional
  • 1920-04-20 7th modern Olympic games opens in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1920-08-14 Olympic Games open in Antwerp
  • 1920-08-25 1st US woman to win in Olympics (Ethelda Bleibtrey)
  • 1920-09-12 7th Olympic games close in Antwerp Belgium
  • 1924-05-04 8th Olympic games open at Paris, France
  • 1924-07-13 Albin Stenroos wins Olympic marathon (2:41:22.6)
  • 1924-07-27 8th Olympic games closes in Paris
  • 1925-09-01 Pierre de Coubertin steps down as chairman of Intl Olympic Committee
  • 1926-02-10 Building of Olympic Stadium Amsterdam, begins
  • 1928-05-17 9th modern Olympic games opens in Amsterdam
  • 1928-07-28 9th Olympic Games open in Amsterdam
  • 1928-07-31 1st woman to win a track and field olympic gold medal, Halina Konopacka of Poland
  • 1928-08-03 Ray Barbuti saves US team from defeat in Amsterdam Olympics track events by winning 400 m (47.8 sec)
  • 1928-08-12 9th Olympic Games close in Amsterdam
  • 1931-04-28 Program for woman athletes approved for 1932 Olympics track & field
  • 1931-07-23 France announces it can't afford to send a team to 1932 LA olympics
  • 1932-02-06 1st Olympic dog sled race, Lake Placid, NY (demonstration sport)
  • 1932-02-09 USA enters Olympic 2-man bobsled competition for 1st time
  • 1932-07-30 10th modern Olympic games opens in Los Angeles
  • 1932-08-14 10th Olympic Games at Los Angeles closes
  • 1933-10-19 Berlin Olympic Committee vote to introduce basketball in 1936
  • 1935-10-17 Pacific Association of AAU votes not to participate in Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-02-15 Sonja Henie, Norway, wins 3rd consecutive Olympic figure skating gold
  • 1936-07-31 Tokyo Japan is awarded the 1940 Olympics (later cancelled)

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1936-08-01 Adolf Hitler opens 11th Olympic Games in Berlin

Dictator of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler
Dictator of Nazi Germany
Adolf Hitler

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1936-08-05 At Berlin Olympics, Jesse Owens wins his 3rd Olympic medal

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1936-08-09 Jesse Owens wins 4th gold medal at Berlin Olympics
  • 1936-08-12 Demo baseball game at 1936 Olympics in Berlin, world beats US, 6-5
  • 1936-08-12 Diver Marjorie Gestring is youngest Olympic gold medalist (13y 268d)
  • 1936-08-14 1st Olympic basketball game (Berlin)
  • 1936-08-16 11th Olympic games closes in Berlin
  • 1937-12-27 German immigration officials with no explanation bar Juan Carlos Zabala (Arg), 1932 Olympic marathon champion, from entering Germany
  • 1938-07-20 Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws
  • 1938-07-29 Olympic National Park forms
  • 1938-09-03 1940 Olympic site changed from Tokyo Japan to Helsinki Finland
  • 1939-11-04 1940 Olympics awarded to Helsinki, Finland
  • 1940-05-01 The 1940 Olympics are cancelled
  • 1948-02-05 Dick Button becomes 1st US figure skating Olympic champion
  • 1948-02-05 Gretchen Fraser becomes 1st US woman Olympic slalom champion

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1948-07-29 King George VI opens 14th modern Olympic games in London

King of Great Britain George VI
King of Great Britain
George VI
  • 1948-07-30 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record (10K - 29:59.6)
  • 1948-08-06 Bob Mathias, US, wins decathlon at London Olympics
  • 1948-08-06 Fanny Blankers-Koen (Neth) is 1st women to win 3 golds at Olympics
  • 1948-08-07 Delfo Cabrera wins 11th Olympic marathon (2:34:51.6)
  • 1948-08-11 Summer Olympics opens in London
  • 1948-08-14 14th Olympic games close at London, Great Britain
  • 1950-08-29 International Olympic Committee votes to admit West Germany & Japan in 1952
  • 1951-05-07 International Olympic committee allows Russia to participate in 1952 Olympics
  • 1951-08-22 Harlem Globetrotters play in Olympic Stadium, Berlin before 75,052
  • 1952-02-14 6th Olympic winter games open at Oslo, Norway
  • 1952-07-19 15th modern Olympic games opens in Helsinki, Finland
  • 1952-07-20 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic Record 10K (29:17.0)
  • 1952-07-24 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record 5K (14:06.6)
  • 1952-07-27 Emile Zatopek runs Olympic record marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • 1952-08-03 15th Olympic games close in Helsinki Finland
  • 1952-08-27 Emil Zatopek wins 12th olympics marathon (2:23:03.2)
  • 1955-06-19 55th US Golf Open: Jack Fleck shoots a 287 at Olympic CC in SF
  • 1956-02-03 Toni Sailor becomes 1st Olympic skier to sweep 3 alpine events
  • 1956-11-06 Holland & Spain withdraw from Olympics in protest against Soviets in Hungary
  • 1956-11-22 16th modern Olympic games opens in Melbourne
  • 1956-11-26 USSR single sculls winner Vyacheslav Ivanov wins Olympic gold medal in his excitement he jumps for joy, & loses his medal, it sinks
  • 1956-12-01 Alain Mimoun wins 13th Olympics marathon (2:25:00.0)
  • 1956-12-08 16th Olympic games close at Melbourne, Australia
  • 1957-04-06 Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis buys the Hellenic National Airlines (TAE) and founds Olympic Airlines.
  • 1960-02-24 US beats Germany in Olympic hockey finals round, 9-1
  • 1960-02-26 USA's David Jenkins wins Olympic Gold for men's figure skating
  • 1960-02-27 US Olympic Ice Hockey Team beats USSR 3-2 en route to gold medal

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 2,500

  • 1863-01-01 Pierre de Coubertin, France, baron (revived Olympic games)
  • 1869-10-03 Alfred Flatow, German Olympic champion gymnast (d. 1942)

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1870-09-22 Charlotte Cooper, English tennis champion and the 1st female Olympic champion in 1900, born in Ealing, England (d. 1966)

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1873-10-14 Ray Ewry, Lafayette Ind, jumper (Olympics-10 gold-1900, 04, 06, 08)

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1873-11-05 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, born in London, England (d. 1935)

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1875-01-07 Thomas Hicks, English/US marathon runner: (Olympic-gold-1904)
  • 1876-02-09 Martin Stixrud, Norway, figure skater (Olympic-bronze-1920)
  • 1876-12-12 Alvin Kraenzlein, Olympic gold medalist (d. 1928)
  • 1880-11-03 Edmond Barrett, heavyweight wrestler (Olympic-bronze-1908)
  • 1881-02-02 Karl Frederick, pistol champ (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1882-04-01 Paul Anspach, Belgian Olympic champion fencer (d. 1991)
  • 1882-06-24 Carl Diem, German Olympic official (d. 1962)
  • 1884-07-14 Charles Meldrum Daniels, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1904, 08), born in Dayton, Ohio
  • 1884-10-06 Lloyd Spooner, US, marksman (Olympic-4 gold/1 silver/2 bronze-1920)
  • 1885-03-24 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08)
  • 1885-10-16 Dorando di Desiderio Pietri, Italian marathoner (Olympic-DQ gold-1908)
  • 1886-03-05 Paul Radmilovic, England, swimmer (Olympic-3 gold-1908)
  • 1887-09-28 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1888-01-04 Arthur Berry, England, soccer player (Olympic-gold-1908, 12)

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1888-05-28 Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), born in Prague, Oklahoma (d. 1953)

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1888-10-30 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras, Greek Olympic champion (d. 1913)
  • 1889-08-10 Irene Steer, England, 4 X 100m relay swimmers (Olympic-gold-1912)
  • 1889-10-04 John B Kelly, Olympic champion rower/father of Grace Kelly
  • 1889-12-09 John P "Hannes" Kolehmainen, Finnish long-distance runner (Olympic gold 1912)
  • 1890-08-24 Duke Kahanamoku, Hawaii, swimmer (Olympics-3 gold/2 silver-12, 20, 24)
  • 1891-02-04 Yuri Losmann, Estonia, marathon runner (Olympic-silver 1920)
  • 1891-02-22 Jan Wils, Holland, architect/designer (Amsterdam's Olympic Stadium)
  • 1891-09-26 Alfred Plane, US sharp shooter (Olympic-gold-1912, 20)
  • 1892-01-13 Paul Smart, US, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1892-01-29 Clifford Gray, US, bobsled (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1892-04-14 Giorgio Cesana, Italy, coxswain, (Olympic-gold-1906)
  • 1892-06-23 Able Kiviat, US, runner (Olympic-gold-1912)
  • 1892-11-14 James Meredith, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1912)
  • 1893-04-05 Clas Thunberg, Finland, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924, 28)
  • 1894-05-11 Florimond Cornellie, Belgium, yachting (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1894-11-23 Ture Persson, Sweden, sprinter (Olympic-silver-1912)
  • 1895-08-09 Nat Pendleton, Davenport IA, Olympic wrestler/actor (Reckless)
  • 1896-02-22 Edvin Wide, Sweden, 10K runner (Olympic-silver-1924)
  • 1896-05-13 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, Dutch equestrian (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
  • 1896-09-13 Morris Kirksey, US, 4 X 100m (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1897-03-13 William Herald, Australia, swimmer (Olympic-1920)

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1897-06-13 Paavo Johannes Nurmi, Finnish middle and long distance runner (Olympic-gold-1920/24/28), born in Turku, Finland (d. 1973)

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1897-08-10 Edward Gourdin, American long jumper (Olympic-silver-1924) and jurist, born in Jacksonville, Florida (d. 1966)
  • 1898-01-03 Johannes Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1898-06-01 Curtis Stevens, US, 2 man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1898-10-21 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wresler and Olympic medalist (d. 1960)
  • 1899-09-02 Hans Nielsen, Denmark, lightweight and featherweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1899-10-14 Alan Washbond, US, 2-man bobsled (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1899-12-27 Paul Costello, US, double sculls (Olympic-gold-1920, 24, 28)
  • 1900-01-28 Anni Holdmann, Germany, 100m runner (Olympic-1928)
  • 1900-02-02 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Springfield Ohio, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65)
  • 1900-03-04 Roberto Soundy, El Salvador, trap shooter (Olympic-1968)
  • 1900-04-07 Tebbs Lloyd Johnson, England, 50K walker (Olympic-bronze-1952)
  • 1900-05-05 Charles Jewtraw, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1900-06-30 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), born in Mount Vernon, New York (d. 1975)
  • 1900-08-10 Arthur Porritt, NZ, 100m sprinter (Olympic-bronze-1924)
  • 1900-08-11 Charles William Paddock, Texas, American athlete and 100m record breaker (Olympic-2 gold-1920) (d. 1943)
  • 1900-10-09 Silvio Cator, Haiti, long jumper (Olympic-silver-1928)
  • 1900-11-11 Helena Konopacka, Poland, discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1901-09-16 Andree Joly Bunet, France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
  • 1902-01-16 Eric Liddell, China, English 400m runner (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1902-02-07 Ethelda Blebtrey, 100m swimmer (Olympic-gold-1920), born in Waterford, New York
  • 1902-02-27 Ethelda Bleibtrey, 100m/300m US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920)
  • 1902-06-04 Richard Allen, India, field hockey goal tender (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1902-06-28 Pierre Brunet, France, figure skater pair (Olympic-gold-1928, 32)
  • 1902-09-04 Lorna Johnstone, England, equestrian dressage (Olympic-13th-1968)
  • 1902-09-21 Limari Salminen, Finland, 10K run (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1902-10-13 Franco Giorgetti, Italy, cyclist (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1903-03-06 Elizabeth Pinkston Becker, US, platform diver (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1903-10-08 Lina Radke, Germany, 800m runner (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1903-11-25 William Dehart Hubbard, long jumper (Olympic-gold-1924), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1904-03-07 Ivar Ballangrud, Norway, Olympic speed skater (4 gold, 2 silver)
  • 1904-05-16 Hugh Plaxton, Canada, ice hockey player (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1904-05-19 Sven Thofelt, Sweden, pentathlete (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1904-08-06 Henry Payne Iba, Easton Mo, US basketball coach (Olympic-gold-64, 68)
  • 1904-11-25 Lillian Copeland, US discus thrower (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1905-03-30 Mikio Oda, Japan, triple jumper (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1905-09-27 Ernest Baier, Germany, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1905-09-28 William Northam, Austria, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1906-01-01 Frank Stack, Canada, speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1932)
  • 1906-01-29 Franciscus Hin, Holland, yachtsman (Olympic-gold-1920)
  • 1906-03-28 Joseph Wright, Canada, oarsman (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1906-04-01 Sigve Lie, Norway, yachtsmans (Olympic-gold-1948, 52)
  • 1906-05-02 Aileen Riggin, Newport RI, springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1920, 24)
  • 1906-06-22 Richard Fanshawe, England, equestion 3 day event (Olympic-bronze-1936)
  • 1906-07-01 Edward Lansing Gordon Jr, long jumper (Olympic-gold-32), born in Jackson, Mississippi
  • 1906-10-23 Gertrude Ederle, American swimmer (Olympic-gold-1924), born in NYC, New York
  • 1906-12-31 Erna Bogen, Hungary, foils (Olympic-bronze-1932)
  • 1907-04-10 Pete Desjardins, US, platform/springboard diver (Olympic-gold-1928)
  • 1907-05-16 Robert Tisdall, Ireland, 400m hurdler (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1907-05-17 Ilona Schacherer Elek, Budapest Hung, fencer (Olympic-gold-1936, 48)
  • 1907-07-26 Istvan Pelle, Hungary, gymnist (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1907-07-27 Mollie Doreen Phillips, British figure skater/judge (Olympics 1932,36)
  • 1907-08-28 Philip A Edwards, British Guiana, runner (Olympic-bronze-1928, 32, 36)
  • 1907-09-28 Heikki Savolainen, Finland, pommel horse gymnist (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1907-10-09 Klaes Karppinen, Findland, 4 X 10K relay (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1908-02-02 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, California, swimmer (Olympic-gold-1932)/actor
  • 1908-02-03 Oddbjorn Hagen, Norway, cross country jumper (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1908-02-09 Jackie Fields, US, featherweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1908-02-13 Sulo Nurmela, Finland, 4 X 100K relay skier (Olympic-gold-1936)

Weddings in Sport

  • 1956-06-06 Three-time Olympic Champion figure skater Sonja Henie (44) weds Norwegian shipping magnate and art patron Niels Onstad (47)
  • 1989-04-15 South African/British Olympic runner Zola Budd marries
  • 1990-12-29 Olympic gymnist Mary Lou Retton weds Shannon Kelley
  • 1996-04-27 Romanian gymnast and three-time Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci (35) weds gymnast champion Bart Conner (38) in Bucharest, Romania
  • 1996-06-23 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • 1999-06-12 Former Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller (22) weds lawyer and ophthalmologist Chris Phillips (26) at Quail Springs Baptist Church in Oklahoma City
  • 2000-07-08 Olympic figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi (28) weds Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey player Bret Hedican (29) at the Mauna Lani Resort in Kona, Hawaii
  • 2002-06-10 1988 and 1994 Olympic Champion skater Ekaterina Gordeeva (31) weds 1998 Olympic Champion figure skater Ilia Kulik (25) in San Francisco
  • 2005-08-23 Olympic gold medalist swimmer Pieter van den Hoogenband (27) weds fellow Olympic swimmer Minouche Smit at Henkenshage Castle in Sint-Oedenrode, North Brabant, The Netherlands
  • 2005-12-03 French heiress Athina Onassis (20) weds Olympic gold medalist equestrian Alvaro de Miranda Neto (32) in Sao Paulo, Brazil
  • 2005-12-04 2004 Olympic volleyball team member Kerri Walsh (27) weds fellow volleyball player Casey Jennings (30) at the La Quinta Resort in Palm Springs, California
  • 2005-12-31 Olympic gold medal skater Jamie Sale (28) weds her pair figure skater David Pelletier (31) at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel in Canada
  • 2006-02-04 2004 Summer Olympics badminton player gold medalist Taufik Hidayat (24) weds Armi Dianti Gumelar at Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta
  • 2006-03-25 Olympic gold medal freestyle skier Jonny Moseley (30) weds Malia Rich in Telluride, Colorado
  • 2006-11-04 1996 summer Olympics gold medalist gymnast Dominique Moceanu (25) weds podiatrist Dr. Michael Canales (29) in Houston, Texas

HeartWedding of Interest

2007-02-24 Former world champion track and field athlete Marion Jones (31) weds Olympic bronze medalist Obadele Thompson (30) at the Union Hill African Methodist Episcopal Church in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina

Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat Marion Jones
Track and Field Athlete/Drug Cheat
Marion Jones
  • 2007-08-11 U.S. Women's Olympic ice hockey team member Krissy Wendell (25) weds NHL player John Pohl (28) at the Rose Hill Alliance Church in West Roseville, Minnesota
  • 2007-09-29 Olympic downhill skier Lindsey Kildow (23) weds former Olympic skier Thomas Vonn (31) at the Silver Lake Lodge in Deer Valley, Utah
  • 2008-10-25 Olympic gold medal-winning skier Picabo Street (37) weds John Reeser (31) on top of Alabama's Prospect Mountain in Hanceville

HeartWedding of Interest

2009-03-21 Olympic gold medalist Kim Rhode (29) weds technician Michael Harryman in El Monte, California

Olympic Gold Shooter Kim Rhode
Olympic Gold Shooter
Kim Rhode
  • 2009-05-01 Olympic swimmer gold medalist Amanda Beard (27) weds photographer Sacha Brown (34) in Wakatobia, Indonesia
  • 2012-11-03 Olympic gymnast Carly Patterson (24) weds Mark Caldwell (27) at the Main Street Garden Park in Dallas, Texas
  • 2012-11-13 Soccer goalkeeper and a double Olympic gold medalist Hope Solo (31) weds former NFL tight end Jerramy Stevens (33) in Washington
  • 2013-01-15 "Gomer Pyle" actor Jim Nabors (82) weds retired performer Stan Cadwallader (64) at the Fairmont Olympic Hotel in Seattle
  • 2013-10-12 Olympic diving champion Greg Louganis (53) weds paralegal Johnny Chaillot in Malibu, California
  • 2014-12-31 Olympic gold medalist soccer player Alex Morgan (25) weds Houston Dynamo midfielder Servando Carrasco (26) in Santa Barbara, California
  • 2016-04-16 Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson (24) weds NFL player Andrew East (24) in Franklin, Tennessee

HeartWedding of Interest

2016-06-13 Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps (30) weds former Miss California USA Nicole Johnson (30) in Paradise Valley, Arizona

  • 2016-08-20 Olympic figure skater Sasha Cohen (31) weds Tom May in Cape Cod, Massachusetts

Deaths in Sport

  • 1908-07-20 Demetrius Vikelas, Greek author, president of the International Olympic Committee (b. 1835)
  • 1912-07-15 Francisco Lazaro, Portuguese marathon runner (Olympics), dies at 21
  • 1914-09-29 Jean Bouin, French marathoner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies in battle
  • 1928-01-06 Alvin C Kraenzlein, track star (Olympic-4 gold-1900), dies at 51
  • 1934-08-03 Carl F baron von Langen-Parow, German equestrian (Olympic-gold-1928)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

1935-01-10 Teddy Flack [Edwin], Australian athlete, double Olympic gold medallist in 1896, dies at 61

Olympic Runner Teddy Flack
Olympic Runner
Teddy Flack
  • 1937-09-02 Pierre de Coubertin, baron/revivor of Olympics, dies at 74
  • 1937-09-29 Ray Ewry, jumper (Olympics-10 gold-1900, 04, 06, 08), dies at 63
  • 1940-03-26 Spiridon Louis, Greek runner, winner of the first modern Olympics marathon (b. 1873)
  • 1942-01-15 Melvin Winfield Sheppard, runner (Olympic-gold-08, 12), dies at 58
  • 1943-07-21 Charles William Paddock, 100m runner (Olympic-gold-1920), dies at 42
  • 1944-07-20 Heinz Burns, German (Olympic-gold-1936), dies in bombing
  • 1945-02-21 Eric Liddell, Scottish runner (Olympic-gold 1924), dies at 43
  • 1949-12-28 Jack Lovelock, NZ/US surgeon/athlete (Olympic-gold-1936), dies at 39

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1953-03-28 Jim Thorpe, versatile American athlete (Olympic gold-1912), dies at 64

Versatile Athlete Jim Thorpe
Versatile Athlete
Jim Thorpe
  • 1956-09-17 Mildred E "Babe" Didrikson Zaharias, (Olympic-gold-1932), dies at 42
  • 1959-10-19 Boughera El Quafi, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1928), shot to death at 60
  • 1960-06-26 John Brenden Kelly, rower (Olympic-gold-1920, 24), dies at 70
  • 1961-02-15 Marubel Vinaon Owen, figure skater (Olympic-silver-1932), dies
  • 1961-02-27 Platt Adams, high jumper (Olympic-gold-1912), dies

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1966-10-10 Charlotte Cooper, English tennis champion and the 1st female Olympic champion in 1900, dies at 96

Tennis Champion Charlotte Cooper
Tennis Champion
Charlotte Cooper
  • 1967-10-12 Nat Pendleton, Olympic wrestler/actor (Reckless), dies at 72
  • 1968-01-22 Duke Kahanamoku, 100m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-12, 20, 24), dies at 77
  • 1969-02-21 Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • 1969-10-12 Sonja Henie, figure skater (Olympic-gold-1928, 32, 36), dies at 57
  • 1971-04-07 Charles F Pahud de Mortanges, (Olympic-gold-1928, 32), dies at 74
  • 1972-09-05 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • 1973-08-09 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08), dies at 88

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1973-10-02 Paavo "Flying Finn" Nurmi, who won 6 Olympic gold medals, dies at 76

Runner nicknamed the
Runner nicknamed the "Flying Finn"
Paavo Nurmi
  • 1973-10-25 Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathon runner (Olympic-gold 1960, 64), dies at 41
  • 1975-03-22 Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65), dies at 75
  • 1975-05-08 Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • 1975-05-30 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympics 4th), dies in a car accident at 24
  • 1975-08-17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic-gold-56) dies at 48
  • 1975-12-07 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic Gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • 1978-05-06 Ethelda Bleibtrey, US swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-1920), dies at 76
  • 1979-01-22 Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • 1980-01-01 Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic-gold-28, 32, 36), dies at 70

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1980-03-31 Jesse Owens, American track and field star who spoiled Hitler's 1936 Olympics with 4 gold medals, dies of lung cancer at 66

Track and Field Athlete Jesse Owens
Track and Field Athlete
Jesse Owens
  • 1980-12-04 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American sprinter (Olympic gold 1932), dies shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • 1982-04-26 Ville Ritola, Finnish 5/10km runner (Olympic-gold-1924, 28), dies
  • 1982-07-27 Vladimir Smirnov, Russian foil fencer (Olympic-gold-1980), dies at 28
  • 1983-04-23 Buster Crabbe, 400m US swimmer (Olympics-gold-1932), dies at 73
  • 1984-01-20 Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • 1985-03-02 John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57
  • 1987-07-11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • 1989-06-21 Lee Quencey Calhoun, hurdler (Olympic-gold-1956, 60), dies at 56
  • 1989-06-22 Lee Calhoun, hurdler (Olympics-gold-56, 60), dies at 66
  • 1989-09-19 Willie Steele, American Olympic gold medalist (b. 1923)
  • 1991-08-24 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic-silver-1912), dies at 99
  • 1992-02-12 Bep [Lambertus] van Klaveren, boxing champ (Olympic-gold-1928), dies
  • 1992-02-14 Roepie Kruize, hockey player (Olympic-bronze-48/silver-52), dies at 67
  • 1992-11-08 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, speed skater (Olympic-silver-1952), dies
  • 1993-05-13 Evert "Eef" Dolman, Dutch cyclist (Olympic-gold-1964), dies at 47
  • 1994-01-17 Helen Stephens, American 100m runner and double Olympic champion, dies at 75
  • 1994-01-29 Ulrike Maier, olympic skier, breaks neck during world cup skiing at 26
  • 1994-07-24 Wangila Napunyi, welterweight boxer (Olympic-gold-1988), dies at 26
  • 1994-11-12 Wilma Glodean Rudolph, US sprinter (Olympics-3 gold-60), dies at 54
  • 1995-01-29 Richard Burnell, British rower (Olympics-gold-1948), dies at 77
  • 1996-05-17 Willi Daume, olympic organiser, dies at 82
  • 1999-04-25 Lord Killanin, Irish International Olympic Committee president (b. 1914)
  • 2001-03-17 Zinaida Voronina, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 4 medals including 1 gold), dies at 53
  • 2003-01-26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • 2003-07-21 John Davies, New Zealand Olympic Committee president (b. 1938)
  • 2004-05-22 Mikhail Voronin, Russian and Soviet gymnast (1968 Olympics: 7 medals including 2 gold, 1972 Olympics: 2 silver medals), dies at 59
  • 2006-08-13 Payao Poontarat, Thai Olympic boxer (b. 1957)
  • 2006-09-02 Bob Mathias, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1948, 52) and congressman, dies of cancer at 75

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2006-09-25 Sofia Muratova, Russian Olympic gold winning Gymnast, dies at 77

  • 2007-04-16 Maria Lenk, Brazilian swimmer and first Brazilian woman to compete in the Olympic Games (b. 1915)
  • 2007-08-29 Richard Jewell, central figure in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing (b. 1962)
  • 2007-09-21 Hallgeir Brenden, Norwegian Olympic gold medalist (b. 1929)
  • 2007-10-01 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (b. 1936) (Olympics-gold-56, 60, 64, 68) dies aged 71
  • 2008-07-15 Gyorgy Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist, Olympics medalist. (b. 1972)
  • 2008-08-16 Elena Leuṣtean, Romanian gymnast and Olympic medalist (b. 1935)
  • 2009-03-02 Chris Finnegan, British Olympic Boxing Gold Medallist (b. 1944)
  • 2009-05-29 Karine Ruby, French snowboarder and Olympic champion (b. 1978)
  • 2009-08-11 Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founder of Special Olympics, sister of John F. Kennedy (b. 1921)
  • 2010-04-09 Aladár Kovácsi, Hungarian pentathlete and Olympic champion (1952, Helsinki), dies at 77
  • 2010-04-21 Juan Antonio Samaranch, International Olympic Committee president (b. 1920)

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2011-11-07 Joe Frazier, Olympic Heavyweight Boxer, dies of liver cancer at 67

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Joe Frazier
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Joe Frazier
  • 2012-01-01 Bob Anderson, English Olympic fencer and renowned film fight choreographer, dies at 90
  • 2012-03-30 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • 2012-04-09 Mark Lenzi, American springboard diver (Olympic Gold 1992), dies at 43
  • 2012-04-15 Murray Rose, Australian Olympic gold winning swimmer, dies from leukemia at 73
  • 2012-06-26 Ann Curtis, American Olympic swimmer, dies at 86
  • 2012-11-02 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic-gold-1956), dies from prostate cancer and diabetes at 78
  • 2013-04-01 Nicolae Martinescu, Romanian Olympic wrestling champion, dies at 73
  • 2013-11-04 Hakon Barfod, Norwegian sailor and Olympic champion, dies at 87
  • 2014-01-12 Gyula Torok, Hungarian Olympic Champion Boxer, dies at 75
  • 2014-05-09 Mel Patton, American sprinter, double Olympic champion, dies at 89
  • 2015-01-08 Richard Meade, British equestrian (3 Olympic Golds 1968, 1970), dies at 76
  • 2015-05-29 Henry Carr, American athlete (2 Olympic golds 200m and 4x400m relay 1964), dies at 72
  • 2015-11-18 Mal Whitfield, American Olympic athlete, dies at 91
  • 2015-12-27 Stein Eriksen, Norwegian giant slalom (Olympic-gold-1952), dies at 88
  • 2015-12-30 Howard Edward Davis Jr., boxer (Olympic-silver-1976), dies at 59
  • 2016-01-21 Bill Johnson, alpine skier (first American to win alpine Olympic gold - 1984), dies at 55
  • 2016-04-24 Tommy [Tamio] Kono, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 52, 60), dies at 85
  • 2016-06-20 Frank Chapot, US, equestrian (Olympic-silver-1960, 1972) dies at 84
  • 2016-08-19 Nina Ponomareva Romaschkova, Soviet discus thrower (Olympic gold 1952, 60), involved in shoplift scandal, dies at 87
  • 2016-08-30 Věra Čáslavská, Czech gymnast (7 Olympic golds), dies at 74