On This Day

Olympic Sports (Part 11)

Events in Sport

Events 1001 - 1,047 of 1,047

  • 2018-02-22 US wins Olympic women's ice hockey gold medal for the first time in 20 years with a 4-3 shootout victory over Canada in Pyeongchang; scores tied 3-3 after overtime
  • 2018-02-22 Women's big air snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Pyeongchang; Austria's Anna Gasser is inaugural gold medallist
  • 2018-02-24 Ester Ledecká of the Czech Republic becomes first female to win Olympic gold medals in 2 different sports at a single Winter Games (Pyeongchang); skiing super-G and snowboarding parallel giant slalom
  • 2018-02-24 Swiss alpine skiers Luca Aerni, Denise Feierabend, Wendy Holdener, Daniel Yule & Ramon Zenhäusern win the inaugural Olympic team event at Pyeongchang
  • 2018-02-24 After taking gold in the Olympic team sprint in Sochi (2014), Finnish cross country skier Iivo Niskanen wins the 50k classical event in Pyeongchang
  • 2018-02-24 Men's big air snowboarding event makes Olympic debut at Pyeongchang; Canada's Sébastien Toutant is inaugural gold medallist
  • 2018-02-25 Russian national team, competing under the name of Olympic Athletes from Russia (OAR), wins Olympic ice hockey gold medal in Pyeongchang; beat Germany, 4-3 in overtime in the final
  • 2019-05-01 Two-time South African Olympic champion runner Caster Semenya loses appeal against proposed rules to limit her testosterone levels; medically reducing levels the only way to continue competition
  • 2019-07-05 Former governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral says he paid a $2 million bribe to secure votes for his city to be granted 2016 Olympics
  • 2019-12-09 World Anti-Doping Agency bans Russia from all major sporting events including 2020 Tokyo Olympics and 2022 football World Cup in Qatar for manipulating laboratory data
  • 2020-02-28 Court of Arbitration for Sport bans Chinese triple Olympic gold medallist Sun Yang from swimming for 8 years for breaking anti-doping rules

COVID-19

2020-03-24 Japan's Prime Minister Shinzō Abe announces postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games until summer of 2021 because of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic

  • 2020-03-30 International Olympic Committee announces postponed 2020 Summer Olympic Games will be held July 23-August 8 in 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic
  • 2020-12-07 Breaking, the competitive form of breakdancing, confirmed as an Olympic sport for the Paris 2024 games
  • 2021-02-19 In a softening of 4-year WADA ban on Russia from all international sport, Russia to compete under acronym "ROC" after name of the Russian Olympic Committee
  • 2021-06-06 US Open Women's Golf, Olympic GC Lake Course: Yuka Saso of the Philippines sinks 10-foot birdie putt on 3rd playoff hole to edge Japan's Nasa Hataoka; becomes 2nd teenager to win the event
  • 2021-07-23 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially open at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan
  • 2021-07-25 USA's men's basketball team see their 25-game Olympic winning streak end; beaten 83-76 by France in first round match in Tokyo
  • 2021-07-25 Japanese judokas Uta Abe (women's 52kg) and brother Hifumi (men's 66kg) make history as first siblings to win Olympic gold medals in different events on same day at the Tokyo Games
  • 2021-07-25 Japanese skateboarder Yuto Horigome wins the sport's inaugural Olympic gold medal in the men's street section at the Tokyo Games

Sports History

2021-07-27 American gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medallist Simone Biles withdraws from the women's team final at the Tokyo Games citing need to focus on her mental health; also misses individual finals

  • 2021-07-27 Triathlete Flora Duffy claims historic first ever Olympic gold medal for Bermuda in the women's event at the Tokyo Games
  • 2021-07-27 Fiji retains Olympic Rugby Sevens title with 27-12 win over New Zealand in Tokyo; only second gold in the country's Olympic history
  • 2021-07-27 Ítalo Ferreira of Brazil and American Carissa Moore claim inaugural men's and women's surfing gold medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021-07-28 Australian swimmer Ariarne Titmus claims Olympic double by winning women's 200m freestyle in OR 1:53.50 in Tokyo; she had beaten American superstar Katie Ledecki in 400m 2 days earlier
  • 2021-07-28 19 year old gymnast Daiki Hashimoto of Japan becomes youngest Olympic men's artistic individual all-around champion in history at the Tokyo Games
  • 2021-07-29 Australian canoeist Jessicas Fox with 109.96s wins inaugural women's C-1 slalom gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021-07-29 Following Simone Biles' withdrawal, teammate Sunisa Lee becomes first Hmong-American Olympic champion in any sport when she wins women's artistic individual all-around gymnastics gold in Tokyo
  • 2021-07-29 Croatian rowing brothers Martin and Valent Sinković team to win coxless pair gold at the Tokyo Olympics; pair's second Olympic gold after winning double sculls in 2016
  • 2021-07-30 Australian swimmer Emma McKeon wins the blue riband 100m freestyle gold medal in OR 51.96 at the Tokyo Olympics; her 8th career Olympic medal
  • 2021-07-30 Russian backstroke swimmer Evgeny Rylov wraps up the 100/200m double with OR 1:53.27 in the longer event at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021-07-31 Australian swimmer Kaylee McKeown wins gold in 200m backstroke to complete 100/200 double at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021-07-31 First mixed-gender event to feature in Olympic swim program; Great Britain team of Kathleen Dawson, Adam Peaty, James Guy & Anna Hopkin wins mixed 4×100m medley relay in WR 3:37.58 in Tokyo
  • 2021-08-01 Italian Gianmarco Tamberi and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar avoid a jump-off by agreeing to share the long jump gold medal after tying on 2.37m at the Tokyo Olympic Games
  • 2021-08-03 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third straight Olympic K-1 200m title at the Tokyo Games; also wins K-2 500m for her 4th career Olympic gold medal
  • 2021-08-03 Jamaican athlete Elaine Thompson Herah wins 200m gold in Tokyo to become the first female to claim the 100/200m double at consecutive Olympic Games
  • 2021-08-05 New Zealand canoeist Lisa Carrington wins her third Olympic gold medal of the Tokyo Games by winning K-1 500m; 5th career gold for Carrington
  • 2021-08-06 Faith Kipyegon of Kenya retains her Olympic 1,500m title in OR 3:53.11 at the Tokyo Olympics
  • 2021-08-07 Kevin Durant with 29 points leads USA to his third and the team's 4th consecutive Olympic men's basketball gold medal with an 87-82 win over France in Tokyo
  • 2021-08-07 As part of the winning American 4×400m relay team in Tokyo, Allyson Felix takes her total to 11 Olympic medals; becomes the most decorated female Olympian in track and field history
  • 2021-08-07 Indian javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra makes history winning his country’s first-ever Olympic track and field gold with 87.58m in Tokyo
  • 2021-08-08 XXXII Summer Olympic Games officially close at the Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan

Olympic Gold

2021-08-08 USA women's basketball team wins it's record extending 7th consecutive Olympic gold medal with 90-75 win over Japan in Tokyo; guards Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi each win their 5th straight gold

  • 2021-11-09 105 year old Julia Hawkins sets world record as first woman and first American her age to run 100 meters Louisiana Senior Olympic Games [1]
  • 2022-02-04 XXIV Olympic Winter Games open in Beijing, China
  • 2022-02-08 Austrian alpine skier Matthias Mayer narrowly retains his Olympic Super-G title from American Ryan Cochran-Siegle at the Beijing Winter Games; Mayer's 3rd Olympic gold medal
  • 2022-02-20 XXIV Olympic Winter Games close in Beijing, China; Norway finishes with record 16 gold medals

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 1001 - 1,100 of 3,238

  • 1952-04-16 Peter Westbrook, American fencer (Olympic bronze 1988, 92, 96), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1952-04-20 Božidar Maljković, Serbian basketball coach (EuroLeague C'ship 1989, 90 Jugoplastika; 1993 Limoges CSP; 1996 Panathinaikos BC; FIBA Intercontinental Cup 1996; President OC of Serbia), born in Otočac, Croatia
  • 1952-04-25 Vladislav Tretiak, Russian hockey player (Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Dmitrovsky District, Russia
  • 1952-05-03 Allen Wells, Scottish athlete (Olympic 100m gold 1980), born in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • 1952-06-12 Siegfried Brietzke, German coxless rower (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Rostock, Germany
  • 1952-06-16 Aleksandr Zaitsev, Soviet pairs figure skating (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1952-07-08 Ulrich Wehling, German Nordic skier (3 Olympic golds 1972, 76, 80), born in Halle an der Saale, Germany
  • 1952-07-10 Ludmilla Tourischeva, Russian gymnast (nine-time Olympic medalist for the Soviet Union), born in Grozny, Russia
  • 1952-07-18 James Forbes, American basketball player (Olympic silver 1972), born in Fort Rucker, Alabama
  • 1952-07-26 Lyudmila Maslakova, Soviet relay runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Astrakhan
  • 1952-08-02 Angel Herrera, Cuban FW/LW boxer (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Guantánamo, Cuba
  • 1952-08-04 Daniel Bautista, Mexican race walker (Olympic gold 20k 1976; 3 x 20k WR holder), born in El Salado, San Luis Potosí, Mexico
  • 1952-08-06 Wojiech Fortuna, Polish ski jumper (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1952-08-14 Debbie Meyer, American 200m/400m/800m swimmer (Olympic 3 gold-68), born in Annapolis, Maryland
  • 1952-08-23 Mac Cone, Canadian equestrian jumper (Olympics 1996), born in Memphis, Tennessee
  • 1952-08-26 John Kinsella, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1972), born in Oak Park, Illinois
  • 1952-09-13 Johanna Klier-Schaller, German 100m hurdler (Olympic gold 1976), born in Artern, Bezirk Halle, Germany
  • 1952-09-14 Margit Schumann, German luger (Olympic gold 1976), born in Waltershausen, Bezirk Erfurt, East Germany
  • 1952-09-29 Monika Zehrt, East German 400m runner (Olympic gold 1972), born in Riesa, East Germany
  • 1952-10-04 Anita Luceete Defrantz, American rower (Olympic bronze 1976; first female vice-president IOC executive committee), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1952-10-07 Ludmila Tourischeva, Soviet gymnast (Olympic gold 1972), born in Grozny, Russia
  • 1952-10-14 Nikolai Adrianov, Soviet-Russian gymnast (Olympic-4 gold/2 silver/bronze-1976), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1952-11-17 Roman Codreanu, Romania, wrestler (Olympic-1980)
  • 1952-11-21 Eamonn Coghlan, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic 4th 76)
  • 1952-12-12 Cathy Rigby (McCoy), American gymnast (Olympics, 1968 & 1972), stage actress (Peter Pan), and sports commentator, born in Long Beach, California
  • 1952-12-21 Steve Furniss, American swimmer (Olympic bronze 1972), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1952-12-29 Nikolai Andrianov, Soviet/Russian gymnast (Olympic gold 1972, 76, 80), born in Vladimir, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1953-01-03 Angelo Parisi, French judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1980), born in Arpino, Italy
  • 1953-01-22 Karen Moe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 200m butterfly 1972), born in Del Monte, Philippines
  • 1953-02-01 Andy Mill, American alpine skier (non-placed Olympics, World C'ships; ex-husband of tennis player Chris Evert), born in Fort Collins, Colorado
  • 1953-02-27 Oleg Moliboga, Ukrainian volleyball player (Olympic gold USSR 1980, silver 1976; World C'ship gold 1978, 82), born in Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine (d. 2022)
  • 1953-03-14 Tim McKee, American 400m medley swimmer (Olympic silver 1972)
  • 1953-03-19 Hans Rinn, German DR, 2 man lugist (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1953-04-06 Janet Lynn, ice skater (Olympic bronze 1972)
  • 1953-04-07 Everard Endt, American sailor (Olympic gold 1952)
  • 1953-04-19 Sara Simeoni, Italian high jumper (Olympic gold 1980), born in Rivoli Veronese, Italy
  • 1953-06-23 Filbert Bayi, Karatu Tanzania, 3k steeplechase (Olympic silver 1980)
  • 1953-06-27 Kent Bostick, American pursuit cyclist (Olympics-84, 96), born in Lowell, Massachusetts

Leon Spinks

1953-07-11 Leon Spinks, American boxer (WBC, WBA heavyweight champion 1978; Olympic gold light heavyweight 1976), born in St. Louis, Missouri (d. 2021)

  • 1953-09-06 Mohamed Kedir, Ethiopian 10k runner (Olympic bronze 1980), born in Ethiopia
  • 1953-09-12 John Williams, American archer (Olympic gold individual 1972; World C'ship gold 1971), born in Cranesville, Pennsylvania
  • 1953-09-27 Benjamin Gene Brown, 4X400 runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in San Francisco, California
  • 1953-10-16 Susan Pedersen, American 4 X 100m medley swimmer (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1953-11-07 Lucinda Green, English equestrian (Olympic silver 1984), born in Andover, Hampshire, England
  • 1953-11-20 Greg Gibson, American Greco-Roman wrestler (Olympic silver 1984), born in Stafford, Virginia
  • 1953-11-28 Nadezhda Olizarenko, USSR, 800m/1500m runner (Olympic gold 1980)
  • 1953-12-03 Franz Klammer, Austrian alpine skier (Olympic gold downhill 1976; World C'ships gold combined 1974, downhill 1976), born in Mooswald, Carinthia, Austria
  • 1953-12-13 Zoltán Magyar, Hungarian side horse gymnast (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Budapest, Hungary
  • 1953-12-29 Kate Schmidt, American javelin thrower (Olympic bronze 1972, 76; WR 69.32m 1977), born in Long Beach, California
  • 1953-12-29 Thomas Bach, German lawyer (9th President International Olympic Committee 2013-present), born in Würzburg, West Germany
  • 1954-01-02 Lyudmila Borozna, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1954-01-06 Norbert Hahn, 2 man luge (Olympic gold 1976, 80), born in Elbingerode, Germany
  • 1954-02-15 Pamela Theresa Jiles, American 4X400m relayer (Olympic silver 1976), born in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • 1954-02-21 Ivo van Damme, Belgian 800/1500m dash (Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1954-03-08 David Wilkie MBE, Scottish swimmer (Olympic gold 200m breaststroke 1976; World C 'ship gold 200m breaststroke 1973, 75, 100m 1975), born in Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • 1954-03-08 Karl Schnabl, 90m ski jumper (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954-04-12 Marvin Johnson, American boxer (WBC Light heavyweight title 1978; WBA Light heavyweight title 1979-80, 86-87), born in Indianapolis, Indiana
  • 1954-04-30 Gunther Tiersch, German DR, 8 man cox (Olympic gold 1968)
  • 1954-05-10 Anatoly Chukanov, Russian cyclist (Olympic gold Soviet Union team time trial 1976; UCI Road World C'ships gold 1977), born in Novospasovka, Rostov, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1954-05-21 Bill Abbott, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario
  • 1954-05-27 Cathy Carr, American swimmer (Olympic gold 100m breaststroke [WR 1:13.58], 4×100m medley 1972), born in Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • 1954-06-13 Daniel Seemiller, American table tennis player, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1954-06-15 Beverley Whitfield, Australian swimmer (Olympic Gold 1972), born in Wollongong, Australia (d. 1996)
  • 1954-06-18 Viktor Mazin, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold USSR 60kg [5 x WR] 1980), born in Chernovskiye Kopi, Russia (d. 2022)
  • 1954-07-15 Boris Polak, Israel, Men's 50M Free Rifle 3 Positions (Olympic 20-1996)
  • 1954-07-31 Flo Hyman, American volleyball player (Olympic silver 1984), born in Inglewood, California (d. 1986)
  • 1954-08-20 Quinn Buckner, American College Basketball Hall of Fame point guard (Indiana Uni; Olympic gold 1976; Milwaukee Bucks, Boston Celtics, Indiana Pacers) and coach (Dallas Mavericks), born in Phoenix, Illinois
  • 1954-08-28 Alexander Skvortsov, Russian ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1984; World C'ship gold 1979, 81, 83), born in Gorky, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1954-09-05 Hans-Jorgen Gerhardt, German bobsleder (Olympic gold 1980), born in Altenburg, Thuringia
  • 1954-09-09 Walter Paul Davis, American basketball player (Olympic gold 1976), born in Pineville, North Carolina
  • 1954-09-20 Silvio Leonard, Cuban 100m runner (Olympic silver 1980), born in Cienfuegos, Cuba
  • 1954-10-08 Ben Amonette, American free pistol shooting athlete (Olympics 1992, 96), born in Radford, Virginia

Mike Eruzione

1954-10-25 Mike Eruzione, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Winthrop, Massachusetts

  • 1954-10-29 Herman Ronald Frazier, American 400m/4x400m runner (Olympic gold 1976), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • 1954-11-04 Aleksandr Aksinin, Russian athlete (Olympic gold, 4×100m relay 1980; bronze 1976), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia (d. 2020)
  • 1954-11-10 Hartwig Gauder, German race walker (Olympic gold men's 50k walk 1980), born in Vaihingen an der Enz, Germany (d. 2020)
  • 1954-11-11 Gail Marquis, American basketball WBL forward (NY Stars, Olympic silver 1976)
  • 1954-11-17 Jorge Hernández, Cuban boxer Olympic gold light flyweight 1976; World C'ship gold 1974, 78), born in Havana, Cuba (d. 2019)
  • 1954-12-16 Joslyn Y Hoyte-Smith, Barbados, 4X400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1980)
  • 1954-12-26 Ullrich Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954-12-26 Walter Diessner, German DR, 4 man cox (Olympic gold 1976)
  • 1954-12-29 Glenn Myernick, American soccer player & coach (Olympic gold 1996), born in Trenton, New Jersey
  • 1955-01-18 Mable Fergerson, American 4x400m runner (Olympic silver 1972), born in Los Angeles, California
  • 1955-01-24 James Montgomery, American swimmer (1976 Olympics 3 golds), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1955-01-29 John Tate, American heavyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1968)
  • 1955-02-01 Virginia Leng, British equestrian rider (World C'ship individual 1986; Olympic silver x 2, bronze x 2 1984, 88), born in Malta
  • 1955-02-10 Lusia Harris, American Basketball HOF center (AIAW C'ship & MVP 1975–77, Delta State University; Olympic silver 1976), born in Minter City, Mississippi (d. 2022)
  • 1955-02-12 Daniele Masala, Italian pentathlete (Olympics 1976), born in Rome, Italy
  • 1955-02-28 Adrian Dantley, NBA forward (Olympic gold 1976, Utah Jazz), born in Washington, D.C.
  • 1955-03-13 Olga Rukavishnikova, Soviet pentathlete (Olympic silver 1980), born in Severodvinsk, Arkhangelsk
  • 1955-03-21 Barbel Wockel-Eckert, German DR, sprinter (Olympic-4 gold-1976, 80)
  • 1955-04-15 Enith Salle Brigitha, Dutch 100m/200m swimmer (Olympic bronze 1976), born in Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles
  • 1955-04-25 Joanne Abbott, Canadian sailor (Olympics 1996), born in Sarnia, Ontario

Olga Korbut

1955-05-16 Olga Korbut, Soviet-Belarusian gymnast (4 x Olympic gold 1972, 76), born in Grodno, Belarus, Soviet Union

  • 1955-06-01 Lorraine Moller, New Zealand athlete (Olympic bronze marathon 1996; Boston Marathon 1984; Osaka Ladies Marathon 1986, 87, 89), born in Putaruru, New Zealand
  • 1955-06-11 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), born in Novocherkassk, Russia (d. 2021)
  • 1955-06-28 Nikolay Zimyatov, Soviet-Russian nordic skier (Olympic-3 golds-1976), born in Moscow
  • 1955-07-11 Sergey Babinov, USSR, ice hockey star (Olympic gold 1972)
  • 1955-07-24 Lubov Odinokova, USSR, team handball (Olympic gold 1976, 80)
  • 1955-08-15 Kenneth Carr, American basketball forward (Olympic gold 1976; LA Lakers, Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Portland TBs), born in Clearwater, Florida

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Deaths in Sport