On This Day

Olympic Sports (Part 10)

Events in Sport

Events 901 - 1,000 of 1,049

  • 2015-08-17 2012 Olympic 1500m champion from Turkey Asli Cakir Alptekin is stripped of her gold medal for doping by the IAAF
  • 2016-08-03 International Olympic Committee approves baseball/softball, karate, sport climbing, surfing and skateboarding to be included in the sports program for 2020 Games only; total number of sports, 33
  • 2016-08-05 XXXI Summer Olympic Games officially open in Maracanã Stadium, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
  • 2016-08-06 Hoàng Xuân Vinh of Vietnam records 202.5 points to win the gold medal in the men's 10m air pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Vietnam's first ever gold medal in any Olympic event
  • 2016-08-06 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú sets world record 4:26.36 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m individual medley at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-06 Australian women's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team of Emma McKeon, Brittany Elmslie, Bronte Campbell & Cate Campbell sets a new world record 3:30.65 to win gold ahead of US and Canada at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-07 British swimmer Adam Peaty records a world record 57.13 to win the gold medal in the men's 100m breaststroke at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

Olympic Gold

2016-08-07 United States men's 4 × 100m freestyle relay team wins the final in 3:09.92 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Michael Phelps' record 19th Olympic gold medal

World Record

2016-08-07 American swimmer Katie Ledecky sets a new world record with a time of 3:56.46 to win the gold medal in the women's 400m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

  • 2016-08-07 Sarah Sjöström of Sweden breaks world record in 55.48 to win the gold medal in the women's 100m butterfly at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-08 Australia beats New Zealand 24-17 to win the inaugural women's sevens rugby gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-08 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins the women's 100m backstroke gold medal in a time of 58.45; her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016-08-09 American swimmer Michael Phelps swims 1:53.36 to win the men's 200m butterfly gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats Japan's Masato Sakai by 0.04 for his 20th Olympic gold medal
  • 2016-08-09 American swimmer Katie Ledecky wins her second gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 1:53.73 in the women's 200m freestyle ahead of Sarah Sjöström of Sweden and Australian Emma McKeon
  • 2016-08-09 Hungary's Katinka Hosszú records an Olympic record of 2:06.58 in the women's 200m individual medley, her 3rd gold medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-09 Chinese weightlifter Deng Wei sets a world record of 147kg in the clean & jerk, and another for a total score of 262kg, to win the women's 63kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-10 South Korean shooter Jin Jong-oh recovers from 7th place during the final to record an Olympic record 193.7 and win gold in men's 50m pistol at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first shooter to win 3 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • 2016-08-10 18 year old Australian Kyle Chalmers creates huge upset when he swims a junior world record 47.58 to win the blue ribband men's 100m freestyle gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-10 Weightlifter Nijat Rahimov of Kazakhstan sets a world record 214kg in the clean & jerk, and finishes with 379kg overall, to win the gold medal in the men's 77kg at the Ro de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-11 Fiji wins inaugural men's rugby sevens gold medal with a comfortable 43-7 rout of Great Britain at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-11 American super-swimmer Michael Phelps wins men's 200m individual medley in 1:54.66 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 3rd athlete and 1st swimmer to win 4 consecutive Olympic gold medals in one event
  • 2016-08-11 American Simone Manuel and Penny Oleksiak of Canada dead heat for the gold medal in coveted 100m freestyle at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; tie in Olympic record 52.70; Sarah Sjöström (Sweden) takes bronze; her 3rd medal of the Games
  • 2016-08-12 Joseph Schooling of Singapore sets Olympic record 50.39 to win men's 100m butterfly gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; rare 3-way tie for silver at 51.14, Michael Phelps (USA), Chad le Clos (South Africa) & László Cseh (Hungary)
  • 2016-08-12 American star swimmer Katie Ledecky sets world record 8:04.79 to dominate the women's 800m field at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; medal tally of 4 gold, 1 silver make her most decorated US female athlete at one Olympics
  • 2016-08-12 Hungarian swimmer Katinka Hosszú wins her 4th medal of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics finishing 2nd in the women's 200m backstroke; gold to American Maya DiRado in 2:05:99
  • 2016-08-13 American swimmer Michael Phelps ends his career at the Rio Olympics as part of the winning 4x100 medley relay, his record 23rd gold medal
  • 2016-08-13 British super-star Mo Farah wins 1st leg of 5,000/10,000m double (repeat of London 2012) in 27:05.17 in the 10k at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kenya's Paul Tanui wins silver just 0.47 behind
  • 2016-08-13 Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins blue ribband women's 100m gold in 10.71 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; American Tori Bowie second in 10.83 and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica 3rd 10.86
  • 2016-08-13 Great Britain sets a world record of 3:14.051 to comfortably beat the United States in the women's cycling team pursuit at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-13 The dominant Great Britain men's crew wins the eight at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; US scores a comfortable win over GB in the women's eight

Olympic Gold

2016-08-14 Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt wins coveted 100m Olympic 100m gold medal in 9.81 at Rio de Janeiro Olympics - first man to win the event 3 times

  • 2016-08-14 South African athlete Wayde van Niekerk sets world record 43.03 to win the men's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Kirani James (Grenada) silver, American LaShawn Merritt bronze
  • 2016-08-14 Kenya's Jemima Sumgong wins women's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2:24:04; Eunice Kirwa (Bahrain) takes silver, and Mare Dibaba (Ethiopia) bronze
  • 2016-08-14 An all-British final in the men's cycling sprint with Jason Kenny beating teammate Callum Skinner at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-14 Justin Rose of Great Britain finishes with a score of 16 under par to win the inaugural men's individual golf gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Rose is 2 strokes ahead of Henrik Stenson (Sweden) and 3 from American Matt Kuchar

Olympic Gold

2016-08-14 Great Britain's Andy Murray wins the men's tennis singles gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics 7–5, 4–6, 6–2, 7–5 over Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina

  • 2016-08-15 Anita Włodarczyk of Poland sets a world record 82.29m to win the women's hammer throw gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Zhang Wenxiu (China) silver, and Sophie Hitchon (Great Britain) bronze.
  • 2016-08-15 Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil sets an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men's pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
  • 2016-08-15 Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas dives at the line to win the women's 400m gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; beats American 6-time Olympic gold medallist Allyson Felix by 0.07
  • 2016-08-16 Georgian weightlifter Lasha Talakhadze sets a world record of 473 total kilograms to win the men's +105kg gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics
  • 2016-08-16 Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perković retains her Olympic title with a distance of 69.21m at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-16 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington retains her K-1 200m Olympic title with a time of 39.864 at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-16 Russian pair Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina retain their Olympic synchronised swimming duet title at the Rio de Janeiro Games with final score 194.9910
  • 2016-08-17 American sweep in 100m women's hurdles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics with Brianna Rollins taking gold ahead of Nia Ali & Kristi Castlin; 1st time US has swept medals in an Olympic women's track & field event
  • 2016-08-17 Jamaican sprinter Elaine Thompson wins 200m gold medal in 21.78; wraps up 100/200m Rio de Janeiro Olympics double
  • 2016-08-17 Kenyan runner Conseslus Kipruto records an Olympic record 8:03.28 to win the men's 3,000m steeplechase gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games
  • 2016-08-17 German pair Laura Ludwig & Kira Walkenhorst upsets Brazilian hometown favourites Ágatha Bednarczuk & Bárbara Seixas 21–18, 21–14 to win the Olympic women's beach volleyball gold in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-18 Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in the men's 200m for the 3rd successive Summer Olympics, recording a time of 19.78 in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-18 Ukranine canoeist Yuriy Cheban sets an Olympic record 39.279 to win the men's C-1 200m gold at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; retains title he won in London 2012

Olympic Gold

2016-08-18 New Zealand's 2017 America's Cup winning helmsman Peter Burling teams with Blair Tuke to win the gold medal in the 49er class sailing at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics

  • 2016-08-18 Great Britain's Alistair Brownlee records time of 1:45.01 to retain his Olympic men's triathlon title at the Rio de Janeiro Games; 0:06 in front of second-place finisher, brother Jonathan Brownlee
  • 2016-08-19 Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov throws 78.68m to win the men's hammer throw gold medal the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; first gold medal for Tajikistan in Olympic history
  • 2016-08-19 Vivian Cheruiyot of Kenya goes one better than her London silver medal when she wins women's 5,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; runs Olympic record time of 14:26.17
  • 2016-08-19 Colombian BMX rider Mariana Pajón successfully defends her Olympic title when she beats American Alise Post in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-19 A 6-way tie for first place in the final of the equestrian individual jumping competition at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Nick Skelton of Great Britain wins gold medal jump-off
  • 2016-08-19 Great Britain upsets the heavily favoured Netherlands to win the women's field hockey gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after drawing 3-3 in regulation time; win dramatic penalty shootout, 2-0
  • 2016-08-19 Germany beats Sweden 2-1 in the women's football gold medal match at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; 52,432 at the Maracanã Stadium
  • 2016-08-19 Chloe Esposito of Australia sets Olympic record overall score of 1,372 points to win the women's modern pentathlon in Rio de Janeiro. Élodie Clouvel of France second (1,356 points), Oktawia Nowacka of Poland third (1,349)
  • 2016-08-19 Kiley Neushul scores 3 goals as the US women's water polo team routs Italy 12-5 to win the gold medal in Rio de Janeiro and retain their Olympic title
  • 2016-08-20 German canoeist Sebastian Brendel teams with Jan Vandrey to win the C-2 1,000m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up C-1 / C-2 1,000m double
  • 2016-08-20 The Hungarian crew wins canoe sprint K-4 500m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; Danuta Kozák becomes the only female to win K1, K2 and K4 at the same Olympics
  • 2016-08-20 Canoeists Max Rendschmidt and Marcus Gross part of winning German crew in K-4 100m at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wrap up K-2 / K-4 1,000m double
  • 2016-08-20 Star British runner Mo Farah wins the men's 5,000m in 13:03.30 at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics; wraps up 5k/10k double which he also completed in London 2012
  • 2016-08-20 Controversial South African middle distance runner Caster Semenya retains her Olympic women's 800m title in a time of 1:55.28 in the final in Rio de Janeiro
  • 2016-08-20 4 women's high jump competitors tie at clearing winning height 1.97m at the Rio Olympics; all then fail at 2.00m; Ruth Beitia of Spain wins the gold based on having no misses prior to bar being raised to 2.00m
  • 2016-08-20 Chinese diver Chen Aisen does the Olympic 10m platform double in Rio de Janeiro; having already won the synchronised event, he wins the individual gold by a comfortable margin

Olympic Gold

2016-08-20 South Korean golfer Inbee Park wins the inaugural Olympic women's individual gold with a final score of 16 under par in Rio de Janeiro; Lydia Ko (New Zealand) 11 under par; Shanshan Feng (China) 10 under par

  • 2016-08-20 In a blanket finish American triathlete Gwen Jorgensen takes the Olympic gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in 1:56.16; 0.40 ahead of Nicola Spirig Hug of Switzerland, and Great Britain's Vicky Holland by 0:45
  • 2016-08-20 Rio de Janeiro Olympics: team sports - China beats Serbia, 3-1 for the women's indoor volleyball gold; in the men's water polo final, Serbia downs Croatia, 11-7 for first Olympic title
  • 2016-08-21 Kevin Durant scores 30 as the US retains the Olympic men's basketball title with a comfortable 96-66 win over Serbia at the Rio de Janeiro Games

Olympic Gold

2016-08-21 Kenyan runner Eliud Kipchoge wins the Olympic men's marathon gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Games in a time of 2:08.44; Feyisa Lilesa (Ethiopia) second in 2:09:54, and Galen Rupp (US) third in 2:10:05

  • 2016-08-21 Brazil takes 3rd Olympic men's indoor volleyball gold medal at the Rio Games with 25–22, 28–26, 26–24 win over Italy
  • 2017-09-13 International Olympic Committee announces Paris (2024) and Los Angeles (2028) will host the Olympic games
  • 2017-11-13 First Barbie doll to wear a hijab, modeled on Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad unveiled in New York

Sports History

2018-01-15 US Olympic gold medal winning gymnast Simone Biles says she is one of more than 130 women sexually abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar

  • 2018-01-24 Former US Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar found guilty of molesting over 150 girls, sentenced up to 175 years in prison

Sports History

2018-02-09 XXIII Olympic Winter Games open in PyeongChang, South Korea

  • 2018-02-10 Swedish cross country skier Charlotte Kalla wins 3rd career Olympic gold medal in the 15k skiathlon in Pyeongchang; also wins 10k freestyle gold in Vancouver (2010) and 4 x 5k relay in Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-10 Sochi (2014) Olympic large hill ski jump champion Andreas Wellinger of Germany wins the individual normal hill gold medal at Pyeongchang by just 0.2m from Norway's Johann André Forfang
  • 2018-02-11 Dutchman Sven Kramer becomes only male speed skater to win same Olympic event 3 times, claiming gold in the 5,000m at Pyongchang; first man to win total 8 Olympic medals in the sport
  • 2018-02-11 Norway sweeps the medals in the Olympic 30k cross country skiathlon at Pyeongchang; Simen Hegstad Krüger wins gold ahead of teammates Martin Johnsrud Sundby & Hans Christer Holund
  • 2018-02-12 Dutch speed skater Ireen Wüst becomes first Winter Olympian to win an individual gold medal in 4 straight Games with victory in the 1,500m at Pyeongchang; first speed skater to win 10 Olympic medals
  • 2018-02-12 American snowboarder Jamie Anderson retains her Olympic slopestyle title (Sochi 2014) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games, comfortably ahead of Canada's Laurie Blouin
  • 2018-02-13 After winning Olympic gold in the women's curling in Sochi (2014), Canadian Kaitlyn Lawes wins the mixed doubles with dual gold medallist John Morris in Pyeongchang

Olympic Gold

2018-02-14 American snowboarder Shaun White wins an unprecedented 3rd Olympic halfpipe gold medal (previous 2006, 10) at the Pyeongchang Winter Games

  • 2018-02-14 Dutch speed skater Jorien ter Mors wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in the 1,000m at Pyeongchang; 1,500m and team pursuit champion in Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-15 German women's luge singles champion Natalie Geisenberger and men's doubles winners Tobias Wendl & Tobias Arlt earn their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang in the team relay event
  • 2018-02-15 Vancouver (2010) Olympic super-G champion Aksul Lund Svindal of Sweden wins the downhill gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018-02-15 Sochi (2014) Olympic slalom champion Mikaela Shiffrin of the US wins the giant slalom at the Pyeongchang Winter Games; also takes combined silver
  • 2018-02-15 Frenchman Pierre Vaultier retains his Olympic snowboard cross title (Sochi 2014) with a gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018-02-16 Sochi (2014) Olympic downhill champion Matthias Mayer of Austria wins the super-G gold medal at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018-02-16 Swiss cross country skier Dario Cologna wins 4th career Olympic gold medal in the 15k freestyle in Pyeongchang; wins event in Vancouver (2010), and 15k classical & 30k skiathlon in Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-17 Russian biathlete Anastasiya Kuzmina wins her 3rd career Olympic gold medal in women's 12.5k mass start in Pyeongchang; 7.5k sprint champion in Vancouver (2010) and Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-17 Britain's Lizzy Yarnold wins her 2nd consecutive Olympic women's skeleton gold medal in Pyeongchang; also wins event in Sochi (2014)
  • 2018-02-17 10k freestyle cross country champion Ragnhild Haga and 30k classical winner Marit Bjørgen win their 2nd Olympic gold medal in Pyeongchang as part of Norway's 4 x 5k relay team
  • 2018-02-17 Polish ski jumper Kamil Stoch retains his Olympic individual large hill title (Sochi 2014) with gold in Pyeongchang; beats normal hill winner Andreas Wellinger of Germany by 3.4m
  • 2018-02-20 After winning the Olympic ice dance gold medal in Vancouver (2010), Canadian pair Tessa Virtue & Scott Moir follow their team event gold by taking the ice dance title at the Pyeongchang Winter Games
  • 2018-02-20 Dutch skater Jorien ter Mors becomes first female to win Olympic medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); 1,000m speed skating gold, 3000m short track relay bronze
  • 2018-02-20 Dutch women’s short track speed skating 3000m relay team skates a world record 4:03.471 in the B Final at the Pyeongchang Olympics; South Korea takes the gold medal in an inferior time, 4:07.361; Dutch win bronze by default
  • 2018-02-21 Norwegian cross country skiers Martin Johnsrud Sundby, Johannes Høsflot & Klæbo win their 2nd Olympic gold medals in Pyeongchang in the men's team sprint freestyle; trio also wins gold in 4 x 10k relay

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 901 - 1,000 of 3,238

  • 1949-07-22 Lasse Viren, Finland, 5K/10K runner (Olympic gold 1972, 76)
  • 1949-08-01 Keto Losaberidze, Georgian archer (Olympic gold USSR women's individual 1980; World C'ship gold team 1973, 81), born in Tqibuli, Georgia (d. 2022)
  • 1949-08-03 Valeri Vasiliev, Soviet ice hockey defenceman (2x Olympic gold), born in Gorky, Soviet Union (d. 2012)
  • 1949-08-26 John Baldwin, American light middleweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968), born in Detroit, Michigan
  • 1949-09-09 John Curry, British figure skater (Olympic gold, World C'ship gold, European C'ship gold 1976), born in Birmingham, England (d. 1994)
  • 1949-09-12 Irina Rodnina, Russian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Moscow, Soviet Union
  • 1949-10-20 Valery Borzov, Ukrainian sprinter (Olympic gold 1972), born in Sambir, USSR
  • 1949-10-20 Wayne Collett, American 400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California (d. 2010)
  • 1949-10-28 Caitlyn Jenner [born Bruce Jenner], American athlete (Olympic gold decathlon 1976), TV personality ('Keeping Up with the Kardashians') and prominent transgender figure, born in Mt Kisco, New York
  • 1949-11-03 Roswitha Krause, German swimmer and team handball player (first woman Summer Olympic medals in different sports; silver 4x100m freestyle 1968, handball 1976), born in Dahme, Germany
  • 1949-11-17 Thomas Lionel Hill, American 110m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1972), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1949-11-20 Juha Mieto, Finnish 15KM skier (Olympic silver 1980), born in Kurikka, Finland
  • 1949-11-26 Ivan Patzaichin, Romanian canoeist (Olympic gold C-2 1000m 1968, 80, 84; C-1 1000m 1972; World C'ship gold x 8), born in Crișan, Tulcea County, Romania (d. 2021)
  • 1949-12-03 John Akii-bua, Ugandan athlete (Olympic gold 400m hurdles 1972), born in Abako, Uganda (d. 1997)
  • 1949-12-12 Ricardo Luis Carreras, American bantamweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in NYC, New York
  • 1949-12-19 Claudia A Kolb, American 200m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1949-12-25 Serhiy Novikov, Russian judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1976), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1949-12-30 Bruce Davidson, equestrian 3-day (Olympic silver 1996)
  • 1950-02-07 Marilyn Cochran, American skier (Olympics 1972), born in Burlington, Vermont
  • 1950-02-09 Lloyd Weldon Keasor, American wrestler (Olympic silver 1976), born in Pumphrey, Maryland

Mark Spitz

1950-02-10 Mark Spitz, American swimmer (won then record 7 Olympic golds in 1972), born in Modesto, California

  • 1950-03-04 Rafael Canizares Poey, Cuban basketballer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Alacs Mtnzs, Cuba
  • 1950-05-09 James A Butts, American triple jumper (Olympic silver 1976), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1950-05-12 Renate Stecher-Meissner, German sprinter (3-time Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Süptitz, Germany
  • 1950-05-18 Rodney Milburn Jr, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1972), born in Opelousas, Louisiana (d. 1997)
  • 1950-05-23 Aleksandr Klepikov, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union coxed four 1976), born in St. Petersburg, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1950-06-03 Marlene Elejarde, Cuban athlete 4x100m runner (Olympic silver 1968), born in Havana, Cuba
  • 1950-06-05 Adrian Cosma, Romanian handballer (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1950-06-11 Pokey Watson, American 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968), born in Mineola, New York
  • 1950-06-18 Annelie Ehrhardt, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1972), born in Hötensleben, East Germany
  • 1950-06-25 Tatyana Averina, Russian speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic gold 1976), born in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia (d. 2001)
  • 1950-06-27 Benjamin Peterson, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Barron County, Wisconsin
  • 1950-06-28 Ken Arthur, Australian softball asst coach (Olympic bronze 1996)
  • 1950-07-06 Sultan Rakhmanov, Russian super heavyweight (Olympic gold 1980), born in Turtkul, Karakalpak ASSR
  • 1950-07-29 Radu Voina, Romania, team handball (Olympic silver/2 bronze-1972, 76, 80)
  • 1950-08-03 Waldemar Cierpinski, East German runner (Olympic marathon gold 1976, 80), born in Neugattersleben, Germany
  • 1950-08-05 Rosi Mittermaier, German skier (Olympic gold 1976), born in Reit im Winkl, West Germany
  • 1950-08-07 Dave Wottle, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m 1972), born in Canton, Ohio
  • 1950-08-15 Anne Elizabeth Alice Louise Windsor, second child and only daughter of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, born in Clarence House, London
  • 1950-08-16 Hasely Crawford, Trinidad, 100m runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950-08-24 Frank Murray, Australian field hockey national coach (Olympic silver 1992, 96)
  • 1950-08-27 Cynthia Potter, American springboard diver (Olympic bronze 1976)
  • 1950-10-13 Annegret Richter-Irrang, German sprinter (Olympic gold 1972), born in Dortmund, Germany
  • 1950-10-14 Sheila Young Ochowicz, American speed skater (1976 Olympic gold, silver, and bronze), and track cyclist, born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1950-11-03 Karen Stives, American equestrian rider (Olympic gold team, silver individual 1984), born in Boston, Massachusetts (d. 2015)
  • 1950-11-11 Rex Samuel Sellers, Tornado class sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Auckland, New Zealand
  • 1950-11-17 Roland Matthes, German swimmer (Olympic gold 100, 200m backstroke 1968, 72; WR x 19), born in Pößneck, Thuringia, Germany
  • 1950-11-21 Alberto Juantorena, Cuba, 400m dash (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1950-12-03 Alberto Juantorena, Cuban athlete (Olympic gold 400m/800m [WR 1:43.50] 1976; only athlete to win that double), born in Santiago de Cuba
  • 1950-12-31 Inge Helten, German sprinter (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Sinzig, Germany
  • 1951-01-04 Barbara Ann Cochran, Claremont NH, slalom skier (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951-01-14 Gil Pak Jong, North Korean judoka (Olympic-1976)
  • 1951-01-17 Rolando Thoeni, Italian slalom (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Trafoi
  • 1951-01-22 Ondrej Nepela, Slovak figure skater (Olympic gold men's singles 1972; World C'ships gold 1971, 72, 73), born in Bratislava, Slovakia (d. 1989)
  • 1951-01-23 Margaret Johnson Bailes, American 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1968), born in The Bronx, New York
  • 1951-01-23 Michael R. Matz, American horse trainer & equestrian (Olympic silver 1996), born in Collegeville, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-01-25 Steve Prefontaine, American runner (5K 1972 Olympic 4th), born in Coos Bay, Oregon (d. 1975)
  • 1951-01-26 Jarmila Kratochvilova, Czech athlete (World C'ship gold 400/800m 1983; Olympic silver 400m 1980), born in Golčův Jeníkov, Czech Republic
  • 1951-02-03 Felipe Munoz, Mexican 200m backstroke swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1951-02-07 Manfred Schumann, German FR, bobsled (Olympic-silver/bronze-1976)
  • 1951-02-22 Elaine Tanner, Canadian swimmer (1966 Commonwealth Games, 1968 Olympics), born in Vancouver, British Columbia
  • 1951-02-28 Gustavo Thoeni, Italian giant slalom (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951-04-13 Beatrix "Trixie" Schuba, Austrian figure skater considered to be one of the best compulsory figure skaters ever (Olympic gold 1972), born in Vienna, Austria
  • 1951-04-30 Danuta Rosani, Polish discus thrower (Olympic 1976) disqualified for drugs
  • 1951-05-06 Zhaksylyk Ushkempirov, Kazakh Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic gold, light-flyweight 1980; World C'ship gold 1981), born in Tegistik, Kazakhstan (d. 2020)
  • 1951-05-12 Gunnar Larrson, Swedish 200m/400m swimmer (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1951-05-18 Angela Voigt, East German long jumper (Olympic gold 1976), born in Weferlingen, East Germany (d. 2013)
  • 1951-06-10 Burglinde Pollak, East German pentathlete (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Werder, East Germany
  • 1951-06-11 Maren Seidler, American shot putter (Olympic 11th 1968), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-06-24 Ivar Formo, Norwegian 50K cross country skier (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951-06-24 Raelene Boyle, Australian sprinter (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1951-07-14 Judi Brown, American 400m hurdler (Olympic silver 1984), born in East Lansing, Michigan
  • 1951-07-20 Larry Black, 4x100 runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Miami, Florida
  • 1951-07-28 Doug Collins, American basketball shooting guard (NBA All-Star 1976–79; Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago, Detroit, Washington, Philadelphia) and broadcaster (CBS, NBC, TNT, TBS, ABC/ESPN), born in Christopher, Illinois
  • 1951-08-07 Gary Hall, American swimmer (Olympic silver 400m medley 1968, 200m butterfly 1972, bronze 100m butterfly 1976; 5 x WR), born in Cincinnati, Ohio
  • 1951-08-12 Hector Rodriguez, Cuba, lightweight judo (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951-08-13 Gwen Cheeseman, American field hockey goalie (Olympic bronze, 1984), born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-08-17 Alan Minter, English boxer (world middleweight champion 1980), born in Crawley, England (d. 2020)
  • 1951-08-21 Bernhard Germeshausen, German bobsledder (Olympic gold x 4 GDR 1976, 80), born in Heilbad Heiligenstadt, Germany (d. 2022)
  • 1951-09-21 Bruce Arena, American soccer coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • 1951-09-29 Maureen Caird, Australian hurdler (youngest to win individual Olympic Gold at 17 in 1968), born in Cumberland, Australia
  • 1951-09-30 Catie Ball, American 100m breast stroke swimmer (Olympic-4X4 gold-1968)
  • 1951-10-05 Leah Poulos-Mueller, American speed skater (Olympic gold 1980), born in Berwyn, Illinois
  • 1951-10-11 Miroslav Dvořák, Czech ice hockey defenseman (World C'ship gold 1976, 77; Olympic silver 1976; Philadelphia Flyers, TJ Motor České Budějovice), born in Hluboká nad Vltavou, Czech Republic (d. 2008)
  • 1951-11-02 Kathy Hammond, American athlete (Olympic bronze 400m, silver 4x400m relay 1972), born in Sacramento, California
  • 1951-11-13 Beth Anders, American field hockey sweeper (Olympic bronze 1984), born in Norristown, Pennsylvania
  • 1951-11-23 Bernd Landvoigt, German coxless pairs rower (Olympic gold 1976), born in Brandenburg an der Havel, German Democratic Republic
  • 1951-11-23 Jorg Landvoigt, German coxless pairs rower (Olympic gold 1976), born in Brandenburg an der Havel, German Democratic Republic
  • 1951-12-11 Robert Cochran, American skier (Olympics 1972), born in Claremont, New Hampshire
  • 1951-12-12 Anatoly Alyabyev, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold USSR 20km individual, 4 × 7.5km relay 1980), born in Danilkovo, Russia (d. 2022)
  • 1951-12-17 Tatyana Kazankina, USSR, middle distance runner (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1951-12-29 Nancy Darsch, American women's basketball coach (Ohio State Uni; assistant coach US Olympic gold 1984, 96; NY Liberty, Washington Mystics), born in Plymouth, Massachusetts (d. 2020)
  • 1951-12-31 Michael Allen Bantom, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-02-06 Richard Charsworth, Australian women field hockey head coach (Olympics 1996), born in Subiaco, Australia
  • 1952-02-17 Karin Büttner-Janz, German artistic gymnast (Olympic gold GDR vault, uneven bars 1968; World C'ships gold uneven bars 1970), born in Lübben, Germany
  • 1952-02-24 Tom Burleson, USA, basketball (Olympic silver 1972) tallest Olympian-7'4"
  • 1952-02-28 Melissa Babish, SC, swimmer (Olympic)
  • 1952-02-29 Raisa Smetanina, Soviet cross country skier (Olympic gold 10k & 4x5k relay 1976; 10k 1980; 4x5k relay 1992), born in Mokhcha, Russia
  • 1952-02-29 Raúl González, Mexican racewalker (Olympic gold 50k 1984; WR 1978 3:45:52 & 3:41:20), born in China, Nuevo León, Mexico
  • 1952-03-09 Uljana Semjonova, Soviet-Latvian basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Zarasai, Lithuanian SSR, Soviet Union

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