On This Day

Olympic Sports (Part 6)

Events in Sport

Events 501 - 600 of 1,049

  • 1980-02-19 Ulrich Wehling of East Germany wins his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the Nordic combined event at Lake Placid; winner Sapporo (1972), Innsbruck (1976)
  • 1980-02-20 Soviet 2-time world champion team Natalia Linichuk and Gennadi Karponosov win the Olympic ice dance gold medal at Lake Placid by just 0.96 from Krisztina Regőczy & András Sallay of Hungary

Olympic Gold

1980-02-21 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,500m in Olympic record 1:55.44; 4th of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid

  • 1980-02-21 Liechtenstein becomes the smallest country to produce an Olympic champion as Hanni Wenzel wins the women's giant slalom at the Lake Placid Winter Games

Olympic Gold

1980-02-22 "Miracle on Ice": US ice hockey team beats heavily favoured Soviet Union, 4-3 at Lake Placid in one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history; Americans go on to win gold medal

  • 1980-02-23 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins Olympic 10,000m in world record 14:28.13; sweeps all 5 speed skating events at Lake Placid; only athlete to win 5 gold medals at one Winter Games
  • 1980-02-23 Olympic giant slalom champion Hanni Wenzel of Liechtenstein wins the women's slalom, her second gold medal of the Lake Placid Winter Games
  • 1980-04-12 US Olympic Committee endorses a boycott of the Moscow Olympic games
  • 1980-04-13 US and its allies boycott the Summer Olympics in Moscow in protest against Russia's invasion of Afghanistan
  • 1980-07-19 XXII Summer Olympic Games open in Moscow, Russia; led by United States, 66 nations boycott event because of Soviet-Afghan war
  • 1980-08-01 Gerd Wessig of East Germany becomes the first male to set a high jump world record at the Olympics (2.36m [7' 9"] Moscow)
  • 1980-08-01 East German runner Waldemar Cierpinski wins his second consecutive Olympic Games marathon in 12:11:03 in Moscow
  • 1980-08-02 Cuban super-heavyweight Teofilo Stevenson becomes the 1st fighter to win 3 Olympic gold medals in the same division, scores 4-1 points decision over Pyotr Zayev (Soviet Union) in Moscow
  • 1980-08-03 XXII Summer Olympic Games close in Moscow, Russia
  • 1981-09-30 International Olympic Committee votes to award Seoul, South Korea as host of the 1988 Summer Olympic Games

Olympic Gold

1982-10-13 IOC Executive Committee approves the reinstatement of Jim Thorpe's gold medals from the 1912 Olympics

  • 1983-01-18 IOC restores Jim Thorpe's Olympic medals (Pentathlon & Decathlon victories) 70 years after they were taken from him for being paid $25 in semi-pro baseball
  • 1983-09-13 US mint strikes 1st gold coin in 50 years (Olympic Eagle)
  • 1984-02-09 East German ski jumper Jens Weißflog wins first of 3 career Olympic gold medals in the Normal Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • 1984-02-10 Soviet cross-country skier Nikolay Zimyatov wins a career 4th Olympic gold medal when he takes out the 30k event in Sarajevo; 3 gold in Lake Placid 1980
  • 1984-02-13 Karin Enke of East Germany wins her 2nd gold medal of the Sarajevo Winter Games, winning the women's 1,000m in Olympic record 1:21.61; also wins 1,500m gold
  • 1984-02-16 Bill Johnson becomes first American to win an Olympic downhill skiing gold at the Sarajevo Games; beats Swiss Peter Müller by 0.27s
  • 1984-02-18 Finnish ski jumper Matti Nykänen wins first of 4 career Olympic gold medals in the Large Hill individual event at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • 1984-02-19 1st brother combo to win Gold & Silver in same event at Olympics (Phil & Steve Mahre-Slalom)
  • 1984-02-19 Soviet Union wins its 6th Olympic ice hockey gold medal with a 2-0 win over silver medallists Czechoslovakia at the Sarajevo Winter Games
  • 1984-03-24 IOC agrees to 6-team exhibition baseball tournament in Olympics
  • 1984-05-08 The Soviet Union announces it will not participate in Los Angeles Summer Olympics in retaliation for the American boycott of the 1980 Moscow Olympics
  • 1984-07-28 23rd modern Olympic Games open in Los Angeles
  • 1984-07-29 American cyclists Alexi Grewal and Connie Carpenter take out the road race double around the streets of Mission Viejo at the LA Olympics
  • 1984-07-31 US men's gymnastics team score emotional upset win over world champion Chinese team in the combined event to take the gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984-08-02 Jeff Blatnick becomes first American to win a gold medal in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Los Angeles Olympics, Blatnick was in remission for Hodgkin’s disease
  • 1984-08-03 Mary Lou Retton scores 10 for final vault to win the individual all-round competition in Los Angeles and become first American woman to win an Olympic gymnastics medal
  • 1984-08-03 17 year old Australian swimmer Jon Sieben stages a withering finish to upset hot favourite Michael Gross of West Germany in 200m butterfly at Los Angeles Olympics, world record (1:57.04)
  • 1984-08-03 Mexicans Ernesto Canto and Raúl González take the gold and silver medals in the 20k walk at the Los Angeles Olympics

Olympic Gold

1984-08-04 American athlete Carl Lewis wins the 100m in 9.9 seconds in Los Angeles, first of 9 Olympic gold medals over 3 Games

  • 1984-08-04 Americans Al Joyner and Mike Conley take the gold and silver medals in the men's triple jump at the Los Angeles Olympics

Sports History

1984-08-05 American Joan Benoit wins first Olympic marathon for women (2:24:52) ahead of Grete Waitz of Norway at the Los Angeles Games

  • 1984-08-05 American super-hurdler Edwin Moses wins the 400m hurdles gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics, his 105th consecutive race victory
  • 1984-08-05 Evelyn Ashford runs an Olympic 100m record time of 10.97 to beat American teammate Alice Brown in the LA Games final
  • 1984-08-05 The rowing competition at the LA Olympics concludes with Romania dominant in the women's section winning 5 of 6 gold medals; US wins the eights from Romania
  • 1984-08-06 American athlete Carl Lewis wins long jump (8.54m), his second of 4 gold medals at Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984-08-06 After Americans Roger Kingdom & Greg Foster both equal the Olympic record in 110m hurdles semi's in Los Angeles, Kingdom beats Foster in the final in a new Games record 13.20 seconds
  • 1984-08-07 Japan beats US, 6-3 in the final of the Los Angeles Olympic baseball demonstration event
  • 1984-08-07 The US collects its first Olympic gold medal in women's basketball history with a 85-55 win over South Korea in the final at the LA Games
  • 1984-08-08 Carl Lewis wins 3rd gold medal of the Los Angeles Olympics joining Kirk Baptiste and Thomas Jefferson in an American sweep of the 200m
  • 1984-08-08 Nawal El Moutawakel of Morocco becomes the first female Olympic champion of a Muslim nation, and the first of her country in the 400m hurdles at the Los Angeles Olympics

Olympic Gold

1984-08-08 Future 5-time America's Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand wins the Finn Class sailing gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics

  • 1984-08-09 Daley Thompson of Great Britain scores 8,797 points to win the Olympic decathlon in Los Angeles; later recognised as a world record
  • 1984-08-09 Valerie Brisco-Hooks beats fellow American Florence Griffith to win the 200m gold at the LA Olympics; completes the 200-400m double
  • 1984-08-10 Famous Mary Decker-Zola Budd collision during 3,000m at the LA Olympics; Decker falls, Budd finishes 7th; Maricica Puică of Romania wins

Olympic Gold

1984-08-10 The US beats Spain 96-65 to win the men's basketball gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics; future 'dream team' members Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing and Chris Mullin feature

  • 1984-08-10 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins 2 canoeing gold medals in the one day taking the K-1 500 and K-2 500 (with Paul MacDonald) at the LA Olympics; wins K-4 1000 the next day
  • 1984-08-10 Sweden's Agneta Andersson takes out the women's canoeing 500m double at the Los Angeles Olympics with wins in the K-1 and K-2 (with Anna Olsson) events
  • 1984-08-11 Carl Lewis duplicates Jesse Owens' 1936 feat, winning his 4th Olympic gold medal as part of the US 4 x 100m relay team; world record (37.83)

Olympic Games

1984-08-11 A British 1-2 in the 1,500m at the Los Angeles Olympics with Sebastian Coe edging teammate Steve Cram to become the only man to successfully defend his Olympic 1,500m title

  • 1984-08-11 Future 4-weight world boxing champion Pernell Whitaker wins the lightweight gold medal at the Los Angeles Olympics
  • 1984-08-11 Ian Ferguson of New Zealand wins his 3rd canoeing gold medal of the LA Olympics taking out the K-4 1000 a day after victories in the K-1 500 & K-2 500
  • 1984-08-12 Carlos Lopes of Portugal wins the men's marathon at the Los Angeles Olympics in 2:09:21, an Olympic record that stands for 24 years

NHL All-Star Game

1985-02-12 37th NHL All-Star Game, Olympic Saddledome, Calgary: Wales Conference beats Campbell Conference, 6-4; MVP: Mario Lemieux, Pittsburgh Penguins, C

  • 1985-04-13 "TASS" denounces US boycott of Moscow Olympics
  • 1986-01-21 100 participate in Nude Olympics race in 38°F (3°C), Indiana
  • 1986-10-14 IOC decides to stagger Winter & Summer Olympic schedule

US Golf Open

1987-06-21 US Open Men's Golf, Olympic Club: Scott Simpson passes and holds off 1982 champion Tom Watson on the Lake Course to win his only major title by 1 stroke

  • 1988-01-11 USSR announces it will participate in Seoul Summer Olympics

Olympic Gold

1988-02-20 Brian Boitano wins Olympic gold medal in figure skating

Sports History

1988-02-27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1

  • 1988-02-27 Katarina Witt (GDR) wins 2nd consecutive Olympic figure skating
  • 1988-09-17 24th Olympic games open at Seoul, Korea

Olympic Games

1988-09-19 American diver Greg Louganis smashes his head on diving board during the 3m springboard preliminaries at the Seoul Olympics; recovers to qualify for the final which he wins the following day

  • 1988-09-19 US women's all-round gymnastics team is controversially penalised 0.5 after compulsory round at the Seoul Olympics; substitute an alternate athlete on uneven bars medal podium; Americans finish 4th just 0.3 behind East Germany
  • 1988-09-19 Australian swimmer Duncan Armstrong sets world record 1:47.25 to win the 200m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; beats Anders Holmertz of Sweden by 0.64
  • 1988-09-19 British swimmer Adrian Moorehouse wins 100m breaststroke gold medal in 1:02.04 at the Seoul Olympics; edges Károly Güttler of Hungary by 0.01
  • 1988-09-20 American diver Greg Louganis wins the 3m springboard gold medal at the Seoul Olympics after famously hitting his head on the board the previous day
  • 1988-09-21 Suriname swimmer Anthony Nesty wins 100m butterfly at the Seoul Olympics; Suriname's first gold; first black to win individual Olympic swim gold medal; thwarts Matt Biondi's attempt at 7 gold medals
  • 1988-09-21 East German swimmer Silke Hörner sets world record 2:26.71 to win the 200m breaststroke gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; first of 2 gold (4 x 100m medley relay)
  • 1988-09-21 Hungarian swimmer Tamás Darnyi sets world record 4:14.75 to win the 400m individual medley at the Seoul Olympics; also wins 200m I/M gold for the medley double
  • 1988-09-22 South Korean coaches attack NZ referee after disputing his decision, Olympic Korean boxer stages a 67 minute sit-in
  • 1988-09-22 Soviet gymnast Vladimir Artemov wins individual all-round gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; follows his teams all-round victory; wins 4 gold for the Games
  • 1988-09-22 American swimmer Janet Evans sets a world record 4:03.85 to win the 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; 3rd gold medal of the Games (400m I/M, 800m)
  • 1988-09-22 American swimmer Matt Biondi wins the blue ribband 100m freestyle gold medal in Olympic record 48.63 at the Seoul Games; beats countryman Chris Jacobs & Stéphan Caron of France
  • 1988-09-23 Portuguese world champion Rosa Mota runs 2:25:40 to score a famous Olympic marathon win over Australian Lisa Martin at the Seoul Games
  • 1988-09-23 Americans Christopher Jacobs, Troy Dalbey, Tom Hunter & Matt Biondi swim world record 3:16.53 to win 4 x 100m freestyle relay at the Seoul Olympics
  • 1988-09-23 East German swimmer Uwe Dassler sets world record 3:46.95 to win 400m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; edges Australian Duncan Armstrong by 0.2s
  • 1988-09-24 American heptathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee sets new world record 7,291 points to win the gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; East Germans Sabine John & Anke Behmer take the minor medals
  • 1988-09-24 Soviet gymnast Vladimir Artemov shares horizontal bar gold medal with teammate Valeri Liukin at the Seoul Olympics; also wins the parallel bars event to take his gold medal haul to 4 for the Games
  • 1988-09-24 Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson breaks his own 100m world record with a time of 9.79 at the Seoul Olympics; disqualified 3 days later for use of drug stanozolol; Carl Lewis awarded gold and world record 9.92
  • 1988-09-24 East German cyclist Christa Luding-Rothenburger wins silver medal in the women's track sprint at the Seoul Olympics; first athlete to win medals at Summer & Winter Games in same year; won speed skating gold in Calgary
  • 1988-09-24 Swimmer Silke Hörner wins her second gold medal of the Seoul Olympics as part of the victorious East German 4 x 100m medley relay team
  • 1988-09-24 West German swimmer Michael Gross wins 200m butterfly in Olympic record 1:56.94 at the Seoul Games; third career gold medal
  • 1988-09-24 American swimmer Matt Biondi sets world record 22.14 to win the 50m freestyle gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; his 4th of 5 gold medals for the Games
  • 1988-09-25 American sprinter Florence Griffith Joyner wins women's 100m in Olympic record 10.54; beats teammate Evelyn Ashford by 0.29; 1st leg of sprint double at Seoul Games
  • 1988-09-25 Romanian gymnast Daniela Silivaș wins 3 gold medals in one day at the Seoul Olympics; balance beam, floor exercise & uneven bars events; records record equalling 7 perfect scores of 10
  • 1988-09-25 Americans sweep the medals in the long jump at the Seoul Olympics; Carl Lewis wins his second gold of the Games with leap of 8.72m ahead of teammates Mike Powell & Larry Myricks
  • 1988-09-25 Phoebe Mills finishes third in the balance beam at the Seoul Olympics to become the first American female gymnast to win a medal at a fully attended Games
  • 1988-09-25 East German swimmer Kristin Otto swims Olympic record 25.49 to win the 50m freestyle gold at the Seoul Olympics; her 6th gold medal of the Games
  • 1988-09-25 Super swimmer Matt Biondi wins his 5th gold medal of the Seoul Olympics anchoring the victorious American 4 x 100m medley relay team
  • 1988-09-25 Hungarian swimmer Tamás Darnyi wins the 200m individual medley gold medal at the Seoul Olympics in world record 2:00.17; wraps up medley double at the Games
  • 1988-09-26 Soviet throwers sweep the medals in the hammer throw at the Seoul Olympics; Sergey Litvinov wins gold with an Olympic record 84.80m ahead of teammates Yuriy Sedykh & Jüri Tamm
  • 1988-09-27 Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson is disqualified from the Seoul Olympics 100m after his urine sample found to contain steroid stanozolol; American Carl Lewis awarded gold medal and world record 9.92
  • 1988-09-27 American diver Greg Louganis wins the 10m platform gold medal at the Seoul Olympics; wraps up diving double after also taking out the 3m springboard gold

Birthdays in Sport

Birthdays 501 - 600 of 3,238

  • 1933-12-09 Milt Campbell, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1956), born in Plainfield, New Jersey (d. 2012)
  • 1934-01-07 Charles Jenkins Snr., American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 4x400m relay 1956), born in NYC, New York

Bill Russell

1934-02-12 Bill Russell, American Basketball HOF center (11 × NBA C'ship; 5 x NBA MVP; 12 x NBA All-Star; Boston Celtics; Olympic gold 1956) and coach (NBA C'ship 1968, 69 Boston Celtics), born in West Monroe, Louisiana (d. 2022) [1]

  • 1934-06-05 Vilhjálmur Einarsson, Icelandic athlete (Olympic silver triple-jump 1956; Iceland's first ever Olympic medal), born in Reyðarfjörður, Iceland (d. 2019)
  • 1934-07-14 Marlene Matthews, Australian sprinter (Olympics 2 bronze-1956), born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
  • 1934-08-18 Rafer Johnson, American decathlete (Olympic gold 1960), born in Hillsboro, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1934-08-19 Bill Cleary, American US Hockey HOF center, (Olympic gold 1960, silver 1956) and coach (Harvard University 1971-90), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • 1934-08-22 Ralph Mellanby, Canadian sportscaster / television producer (EP Hockey Night in Canada 1966-85; 5 x Emmy Awards various Olympic Games), born in Hamilton, Ontario (d. 2022)
  • 1934-09-12 Glenn Davis, American athlete (Olympic gold 1956,60), born in Wellsburg, West Virginia (d. 2009)
  • 1934-09-13 Bill Woolsey, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 4×200m freestyle relay 1952, silver 1956), born in Honolulu, Hawaii (d. 2022)
  • 1934-11-11 Elzbieta Krzesinska, Polish long jumper (Olympic gold 1956), born in Warsaw (d. 2015)
  • 1934-11-26 Lyudmila Shevtsova, Soviet 800m runner (Olympic gold 1960), born in Taman, Krasnodar Krai, Russian SFSR

Larisa Latynina

1934-12-27 Larisa Latynina, Ukrainian gymnast (winner most Olympic medals in her sport [18]; 9 x gold USSR 1956, 1960, 1964; World C'ship gold x 9), born in Kherson, Ukraine

  • 1934-12-28 Virginio Pizzali, Italian track cyclist (Olympic gold team pursuit 1956), born in Mortegliano, Udine, Italy (d. 2021)
  • 1935-01-03 David Vine, British sports broadcaster (BBC Match of the Day, World Snooker C'ships, Olympics coverage), born in Newton Abbot, England (d. 2009)

Floyd Patterson

1935-01-04 Floyd Patterson, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1956-59, 1960-62, Olympic gold 1952), born in Waco, North Carolina (d. 2006)

  • 1935-03-06 Ron Delany, Irish 1500m runner (Olympic gold 1956), born in Arklow, Republic of Ireland
  • 1935-04-02 Ivo Trumbić, Croatian water polo player (Olympic gold 1968 Yugoslavia) and coach (Olympic bronze Netherlands 1976), born in Split, Croatia (d. 2021)
  • 1935-04-21 Robin Dixon, England, 2 man bobsled (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1935-05-15 Don Bragg, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold, 1960), born in Penns Grove, New Jersey (d. 2019)
  • 1935-06-01 Jim George, American weightlifter (Olympic silver light heavyweight 1960; bronze 1956; WR snatch, clean & jerk 1956), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1935-06-11 Earlene Dennis Brown, American shot putter (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Latexo, Texas
  • 1935-06-23 György Kárpáti, Hungarian water polo player (Olympic gold 1952, 56, 64), born in Budapest, Hungary (d. 2020)
  • 1935-07-18 Tenley Albright, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1952, 56), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • 1935-08-05 John McCartan, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1935-08-22 Richard W Howard, 400m hurdler (Olympic bronze 1960), born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • 1935-08-25 Lones Wigger, American competitive rifle shooter (Olympic gold/silver-1964, 72), born in Great Falls, Montana (d. 2017)
  • 1935-09-22 Harriet King, American Olympic fencer, born in New York City
  • 1935-09-27 Jerome Shipp, American basketball (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1935-10-03 Abdon Pamich, Italian race walker (Olympic gold 50k 1964, bronze 1960), born in Fiume, Italy
  • 1935-10-15 Bobby Morrow, American athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay 1956), born in Brownsville, Texas (d. 2020)
  • 1935-11-17 Anton Sailer, Austrian skier (Olympic-3 golds-1956)
  • 1935-11-17 Toni Sailer, Austrian alpine ski racer (Olympic gold Downhill, Giant slalom, Slalom 1956; 7 x World C'ship gold), born in Kitzbühel, Austria (d. 2009)
  • 1935-11-22 Ludmila Belousova, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Ulyanovsk, Russia (d. 2017)
  • 1935-12-01 Roger Christian, American ice hockey left wing (Olympic gold 1960; Christian Brother's Hockey Sticks), born in Warroad, Minnesota (d. 2011)
  • 1935-12-22 Oleg Alekseyevich Protopopov, Russian pairs skater (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • 1935-12-26 Barbara J Jacket, US athletic coach (Olympics 1972)
  • 1936-01-14 Ludmila Pinayeva, Soviet 500m kayaker (Olympic gold 1964, 1968, 1972), born in Krasnoye Selo, Russia
  • 1936-01-14 Reiner Klimke, German equestrian (Olympic gold 1984), born in Münster, Germany (d. 1999)
  • 1936-02-13 Leamon King, Tulare California, 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1936-03-16 Thelma Hopkins, England, high jumper (Olympic silver 1956)
  • 1936-03-18 Tony Nash, English bobsledder (Olympic gold two-man 1964), born in Amersham, England

Bob Cleary

1936-04-21 Bob Cleary, American US Hockey HOF center (Olympic gold 1960; Harvard University), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts (d. 2015)

  • 1936-05-15 Robert Smith, American baseball administrator (President International Baseball Federation 1981-93; IOC Olympic Order), born in Greenville, Illinois (d. 2021)
  • 1936-05-19 Elisabeth Schwartz, Austrian pairs figure skater (Olympic gold 1956)
  • 1936-06-02 Vladimir Golubnichy, Soviet walker (Olympic gold 20k 1960, 68), born in Sumy, Ukraine
  • 1936-06-29 David Jenkins, American figure skater (Olympic gold singles 1960; World C'ship gold singles 1957-59), born in Akron, Ohio
  • 1936-09-19 Al Oerter, American discus thrower (Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64, 68), born in Astoria, New York (d. 2007)
  • 1936-10-30 Polina Astakhova, Soviet-Ukrainian gymnast (5 Olympic gold 1956, 60, 64), born in Zaporizhia, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union (d. 2005)
  • 1936-11-16 Isaac Berger, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 60kg 1956, silver 1960, 64; World C'ship gold 1958, 61), born in Jerusalem, Palestine (d. 2022)
  • 1936-12-12 Iolanda Balaș, Romanian high jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Timișoara, Romania (d. 2016)
  • 1937-01-18 Yukio Endo, Japanese gymnast (4 Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Akita, Japan (d. 2009)
  • 1937-02-04 John Devitt, Australian swimmer (2 Olympic gold 1956, 1960), born in Sydney, Australia
  • 1937-02-04 Magnar Solberg, Norwegian 20K biathlete (Olympic gold 1968, 72)
  • 1937-02-10 Yuriy Poyarkov, USSR, volleyball player (Olympic 2 gold/1 silver-1964-72)
  • 1937-02-12 Charles Dumas, American high jumper (Olympic gold 1956; first to clear 7 foot mark), born in Tulsa, Oklahoma (d. 2004)
  • 1937-02-18 Jeff Farrell, American swimmer (Olympics 2 gold-1960)
  • 1937-02-27 L. Jay Silvester, American discus thrower (Olympic silver 1972), born in Tremonton, Utah
  • 1937-03-11 Alexandra Zabelina, Russian fencer (Olympic gold USSR women's team foil 1960, 68, 72), born in Moscow, Russia (d. 2022)
  • 1937-03-20 Helmut Recknagel, German 90m ski jump (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1937-03-22 Armin Hary, German athlete (2 Olympic gold 100m, 4x100m relay 1960), born in Quierschied, Germany
  • 1937-03-26 Barbara Pearl Jones, American 4X100m relayer (Olympic gold 1952, 60), born in Chicago, Illinois
  • 1937-04-18 Tatyana Shchelkanova, Soviet long jumper (Olympic bronze 1964), born in Rostov, Russia (d. 2011)
  • 1937-04-26 Bob Boozer, College/Basketball Hall of Fame forward (Olympic gold 1960), born in Omaha, Nebraska (d. 2012)
  • 1937-05-10 Tamara Press, Soviet athlete (Olympic gold shot put 1960, 64; discus 1960, 64), born in Kharkiv, Ukraine (d.2021)
  • 1937-05-29 Alwin Schockemöhle, German equestrian rider (Olympic gold team jumping 1960, individual jumping 1976), born in Meppen, Province of Hanover, Germany
  • 1937-06-28 Georgios Zaimis, Greek sailor (Olympic gold dragon class 1960), born in Piraeus, Attiki, Greece (d. 2020)
  • 1937-07-31 Isabelle F Daniels, Jakin Georgia, 4X100m relayer (Olympic bronze 56)

Herb Brooks

1937-08-05 Herb Brooks, American ice hockey coach (Olympic gold Medal 1980), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota (d. 2003)

  • 1937-08-10 Lucinda Williams, American sprinter (Olympic gold - 4×100 m relay, 1960), born in Savannah, Georgia
  • 1937-08-20 George Thoma, German cross country ski jumper (Olympic gold 1960), born in Newstadt, Germany

Peter Ueberroth

1937-09-02 Peter Ueberroth, American organizer of the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics and commissioner of baseball (1984-89), born in Evanston, Illinois

  • 1937-09-04 Dawn Fraser, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 100m freestyle 1956, 60, 64), born in Sydney, New South Wales
  • 1937-09-08 Josef Panáček, Czech sport shooter (Olympic gold skeet 1976), born in Uherské Hradiště, Czech Republic (d. 2022)
  • 1937-09-16 Aleksandr Medved, Soviet wrestler (Olympic gold 1964 68, 72), born in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine
  • 1938-01-29 Bill Christian, American ice hockey player (Olympic gold 1960)
  • 1938-02-11 Boris Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1938-02-11 Yevgeniy Majorov, USSR, ice hockey (Olympic gold 1964)
  • 1938-02-25 Herb Elliott, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 1,500m [WR 3:35.6] 1960; WR mile 3:54.5 1958), born in Perth, Australia
  • 1938-02-25 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • 1938-03-10 Kazım Ayvaz, Turkish wrestler (Olympic gold lightweight 1964; World C'ship gold welterweight 1958; lightweight 1962), born in Rize, Turkey (d. 2020)
  • 1938-04-20 Bernard Malivoire, French rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1952), born in Bergerac, France (d. 1982)
  • 1938-04-20 Betty Cuthbert, Australian athlete (Olympic gold 100m, 200m, 4x100m 1956; 400m 1964), born in Sydney, Australia (d. 2017)
  • 1938-05-07 Johnny Caldwell, Irish flyweight boxer (Olympic bronze 1956), born in Belfast, Ireland (d. 2009)
  • 1938-05-20 Christina Bass-Kaiser, Dutch speed skater (Olympic gold 3000m 1972; World C'ship gold allround 1967, 68; 9 x WR's), born in Delft, Netherlands (d. 2022)
  • 1938-05-25 Lyudmila Buldakova, Russian volleyball player (Olympic gold 1972), born in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union (d. 2006)
  • 1938-06-05 Karin Balzer, German athlete (Olympic gold 80m hurdles 1964; bronze 100m hurdles 1972), born in Magdeburg, Germany (d. 2019)
  • 1938-06-24 Boris Lagutin, Soviet light-middleweight boxer (Olympic gold 1964, 68), born in Moscow, USSR
  • 1938-06-30 Billy Mills, American 10k (Olympic gold 1964), born in Pine Ridge, South Dakota
  • 1938-07-15 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • 1938-07-30 Vyachselav Ivanenko, Russian race walker (Olympic gold 50k 1988), born in Kemerovo, Russia
  • 1938-07-30 Vyacheslav Ivanov, Soviet rower (3 Olympic gold single sculls 1956, 60, 64), born in Moscow, Russia
  • 1938-08-02 Brunhilde Hendrix, German relay runner (Olympic silver 1960), born in Langenzenn, Germany (d. 1995)
  • 1938-08-05 Hayes Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1964), born in Sturksville, Mississippi
  • 1938-08-19 Valentin Mankin, Ukrainian yachtsman (Olympic gold, USSR, Finn class 1968), born in Kyiv, Ukraine (d. 2014)
  • 1938-10-01 Les Scheinflug, Australian soccer midfielder, coach (Marconi; Australia; 6 caps), born in Bückeburg, Germany
  • 1938-10-08 Penny Pitou, American skier (Olympic-2 silvers-1960), born in Bayside, New York
  • 1938-10-09 Olga Szabó-Orbán, Romanian fencer (World C'ship gold women's foil individual 1962, team 1969; Olympic silver individual 1956, bronze team 1968, 72), born in Cluj, Romania (d. 2022)
  • 1938-10-25 Robert Webster, American diver (Olympic gold 1960, 64), born in Berkeley, California
  • 1938-10-29 Wilbert McClure, American boxer (Olympic gold light middleweight 1960), born in Toledo, Ohio (d. 2020)

Weddings in Sport


Deaths in Sport

Deaths 501 - 569 of 569

  • 2021-02-25 John Geddert, American gymnastics coach (US head coach London Olympic Team 2012), dies from self-inflicted gunshot wounds at 63
  • 2021-02-26 Aleksandr Klepikov, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union coxed four 1976), dies at 70
  • 2021-03-04 Mark Pavelich, American NHL forward (Olympic gold 1980 'Miracle on Ice'; NY Rangers, Minnesota North Stars, San Jose Sharks), dies at 63
  • 2021-03-12 Ivo Trumbić, Croatian water polo player (Olympic gold 1968 Yugoslavia) and coach (Olympic bronze Netherlands 1976), dies at 85
  • 2021-03-24 Toshihiko Koga, Japanese judoka (Olympic gold - 71kgs 1992; silver 1996), dies at 53
  • 2021-04-07 Viktor Kurentsov, Belarusian weightlifter (Olympic gold middleweight 1968; silver 1964; 5 x World C'ship gold middleweight), dies at 80
  • 2021-04-08 Conn Findlay, American rower (Olympic gold coxed pair 1956, 64) and sailor (Olympic bronze Tempest 1976), dies at 90
  • 2021-04-08 Diána Igaly, Hungarian sport shooter (Olympic gold women's skeet 2004; bronze 2000), dies from COVID-19 at 56
  • 2021-04-09 Ekkehard Fasser, Swiss bobsledder (Olympic gold, four-man 1988; World C'ship gold 1983; World Cup champion 1985-86), dies at 68
  • 2021-04-16 Serhiy Novikov, Russian judoka (Olympic gold heavyweight 1976), dies at 71
  • 2021-04-21 Håkon Brusveen, Norwegian cross-country skier (Olympic gold 15 km, silver 4 × 10 km relay 1960), dies at 93
  • 2021-04-25 John Konrads, Australian swimmer (Olympic gold 1500m freestyle, bronze 400m freestyle, 4x200m freestyle 1960; 26 individual world records), dies at 78
  • 2021-04-26 Tamara Press, Soviet athlete (Olympic gold shot put 1960, 64; discus 1960, 64), dies at 83
  • 2021-05-12 Higinio Vélez, Cuban baseball manager (Olympic gold 2004; Santiago de Cuba, Cuban National Series 1999–2001), dies from COVID-19 at 73
  • 2021-05-19 Lee Evans, American athlete (Olympic gold men's 400m, 4x400m relay 1968), dies from stroke complications at 74
  • 2021-05-24 Dmitry Mindiashvili, Soviet and Russian wrestling coach (coach Olympic champions Ivan Yariguin 1972, 76 and Buvaisar Satiev (1992, 96, 2004), dies from pneumonia at 87
  • 2021-06-12 Anatoly Chukanov, Russian cyclist (Olympic gold Soviet Union team time trial 1976; UCI Road World C'ships gold 1977), dies at 67
  • 2021-06-12 Igor Zhelezovski, Belarusian speed skater (record 6 x World Sprint Champion; Olympic silver 1994; bronze 1988), dies from COVID-19 at 57
  • 2021-06-14 Markis Kido, Indonesian badminton player (Olympic gold men's doubles 2008 [with Hendra Setiawan]; World C'ships gold 2007; World Cup gold 2006), dies from a heart attack at 36
  • 2021-06-30 Janet Moreau Stone, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x100m relay 1952), dies at 93
  • 2021-07-03 Ted Nash, American rower (Olympic gold coxless four 1960), dies at 88
  • 2021-07-05 Gillian Sheen, British fencer (Olympic gold individual foil 1956), dies at 92
  • 2021-07-27 Pete George, American weightlifter (Olympic gold/2 silver-48, 52), dies at 92
  • 2021-08-08 Cesare Salvadori, Italian fencer (Olympic gold sabre team 1972; silver 1964, 68), dies at 79
  • 2021-08-18 Robert Smith, American baseball administrator (President International Baseball Federation 1981-93; IOC Olympic Order), dies at 85
  • 2021-08-26 Vladimir Shadrin, Russian Hockey HOF centre (Olympic gold Soviet Union 1972, 76; 5 x World C'ship gold; HC Spartak Moscow, Oji Seishi), dies at 73
  • 2021-08-29 Jacques Rogge, Belgian sports administrator (8th President International Olympic Committee 2001-13), dies at 79
  • 2021-09-05 Ivan Patzaichin, Romanian canoeist (Olympic gold C-2 1000m 1968, 80, 84; C-1 1000m 1972; World C'ship gold x 8), dies from lung cancer at 71
  • 2021-09-14 Yuriy Sedykh, Russian field athlete (Olympic gold hammer throw 1976, 80 Soviet Union; WR 86.74m), dies at 66
  • 2021-09-20 Jan Jindra, Czech rower (Olympic gold Coxed four 1952, bronze Eight 1960), dies at 89
  • 2021-09-22 Orlando Martínez, Cuban boxer (Olympic gold bantamweight 1972), dies at 77
  • 2021-10-01 Earle Wells, New Zealand sailor (Olympic gold Flying Dutchman 1964), dies at 87
  • 2021-10-30 Pepi Bader, German bobsledder (World C'ship gold 2-man 1970; Olympic silver 1968, 72), dies at 80
  • 2021-11-14 Virginio Pizzali, Italian track cyclist (Olympic gold team pursuit 1956), dies at 86
  • 2021-11-26 Aleksandr Timoshinin, Russian rower (Olympic gold Soviet Union double sculls 1968, 72), dies at 73
  • 2021-12-12 Yury Sharov, Russian fencer (Olympic gold Soviet Union, team foil 1964, silver 1968), dies at 82
  • 2022-01-04 Rolf-Dieter Amend, German canoeist (Olympic gold GDR C-2 slalom 1972), dies at 72
  • 2022-01-05 Olga Szabó-Orbán, Romanian fencer (World C'ship gold women's foil individual 1962, team 1969; Olympic silver individual 1956, bronze team 1968, 72), dies at 83
  • 2022-01-08 Viktor Mazin, Russian weightlifter (Olympic gold USSR 60kg [5 x WR] 1980), dies at 67
  • 2022-01-11 Anatoly Alyabyev, Russian biathlete (Olympic gold USSR 20km individual, 4 × 7.5km relay 1980), dies from COVID-19 at 70
  • 2022-01-18 Lusia Harris, American Basketball HOF center (AIAW C'ship & MVP 1975–77, Delta State University; Olympic silver 1976), dies at 66
  • 2022-01-20 Heidi Biebl, German alpine skier (Olympic gold women's downhill 1960), dies at 80
  • 2022-01-23 Keto Losaberidze, Georgian archer (Olympic gold USSR women's individual 1980; World C'ship gold team 1973, 81), dies at 72
  • 2022-01-24 Szilveszter Csollány, Hungarian gymnast (Olympic gold rings 2000, silver 1996; World C'ship gold rings 2002), dies from COVID-19 at 51
  • 2022-01-27 Charanjit Singh, Indian field hockey captain (Olympic gold 1964, silver 1960), dies from a heart attack at 90
  • 2022-01-29 Ralph Mellanby, Canadian sportscaster / television producer (EP Hockey Night in Canada 1966-85; 5 x Emmy Awards various Olympic Games), dies at 87
  • 2022-02-15 Józef Zapędzki, Polish sport shooter (Olympic gold 25m rapid fire pistol 1968, 72), dies at 92
  • 2022-02-20 Aleksandr Sidorenko, Ukrainian swimmer (Olympic gold USSR 400m IM 1980; World C'ship gold 200m IM 1982), dies at 61
  • 2022-02-24 Ivanka Khristova, Bulgarian athlete (Olympic gold women's shot put 1976), dies at 80
  • 2022-02-24 John Landy, Australian athlete (2nd man to run sub-4 min mile; WR mile (3:58.0) and 1500m (3:41.8+) 1954; Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 91
  • 2022-02-24 Kathleen Nord, German swimmer (Olympic gold GDR 200m butterfly 1988; World C'ship gold 400m medley 1986), dies at 56
  • 2022-03-01 Alevtina Kolchina, Russian cross-country skier (Olympic gold 3×5km relay 1964, silver 1956, bronze 1968; bronze 5k 1964, 68), dies at 91
  • 2022-03-03 Dean Woods, Australian track cyclist (Olympic gold team pursuit 1984; silver individual pursuit 1988; bronze team pursuit 1988, 96), dies from cancer at 55
  • 2022-03-27 Alexandra Zabelina, Russian fencer (Olympic gold USSR women's team foil 1960, 68, 72), dies at 85
  • 2022-04-04 Petar Skansi, Croatian basketball center (Olympic silver Yugoslavia 1968; Jugoplastika) and coach (Yugoslavia, Croatia, Jugoplastika, Benetton Treviso), dies at 78
  • 2022-04-05 Josef Panáček, Czech sport shooter (Olympic gold skeet 1976), dies at 84
  • 2022-04-12 Sergei Yashin, Russian & Soviet Hockey HOF left winger (Olympic gold 1988; HC Dynamo Moscow, EC Wilhelmshaven-Stickhausen), dies at 60
  • 2022-04-15 Bernhard Germeshausen, German bobsledder (Olympic gold x 4 GDR 1976, 80), dies at 70
  • 2022-04-19 Sandra Pisani, Australian field hockey captain (Olympic gold 1988), dies from cancer at 63
  • 2022-04-26 İsmail Ogan, Turkish freestyle wrestler (Olympic gold 78kg 1964, silver 1960), dies at 89
  • 2022-06-04 Isaac Berger, American weightlifter (Olympic gold 60kg 1956, silver 1960, 64; World C'ship gold 1958, 61), dies at 85
  • 2022-06-09 Oleg Moliboga, Ukrainian volleyball player (Olympic gold USSR 1980, silver 1976; World C'ship gold 1978, 82), dies at 69
  • 2022-06-16 Steinar Amundsen, Norwegian sprint canoeist (Olympic gold K-4 1000m 1968; World C'ship gold 1970, 75), dies at 76
  • 2022-06-22 Jonny Nilsson, Swedish speed skater (Olympic gold 10k 1964; World C'ships gold allround 1963), dies at 79
  • 2022-06-22 Jüri Tarmak, Estonian athlete (Olympic gold USSR high jump 1972), dies at 75
  • 2022-06-23 Christina Bass-Kaiser, Dutch speed skater (Olympic gold 3000m 1972; World C'ship gold allround 1967, 68; 9 x WR's), dies at 84
  • 2022-06-25 Bill Woolsey, American swimmer (Olympic gold men's 4×200m freestyle relay 1952, silver 1956), dies at 87
  • 2022-07-16 Hobie Billingsley, American ISHOF diving coach (Indiana University 1959-89; 6 x NCAA team championships; US Olympic team 1968, 72, 76), dies from myasthenia gravis at 95 [1]

Bill Russell

2022-07-31 Bill Russell, American Basketball HOF center (11 × NBA C'ship; 5 x NBA MVP; 12 x NBA All-Star; Boston Celtics; Olympic gold 1956) and coach (NBA C'ship 1968, 69 Boston Celtics), dies at 88 [1]