Brown Olympians
The Ivy League's Complete History of the Olympic Games

Yale University
Location: New Haven, Conn.
Nickname: Bulldogs

A theme in Yale's Olympic history seems to be repetition. Twenty-one Elis have been to the Olympic games more than once. William Steinkraus epitomizes this more than any other Yale Olympian. The Westport, Conn. native competed in the 1952, 1956, 1960, 1964, 1968, and 1972 Games on the United States Equestrian team. He was a part of the jumping team that won a bronze medal in 1952, silver medal in 1960, and silver medal in 1972. Steinkraus won an individual jumping gold medal in 1968, becoming the first American rider to win an individual gold medal.

If Steinkraus is noted for going to the most Olympics, Don Schollander '68 has to be mentioned for winning the most medals. Schollander, a swimmer, won four gold medals at the 1964 Tokyo Games (100-meter, 400-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter freestyle relay, 4x200-meter freestyle relay) and three gold medals and silver at the 1968 Mexico City games (200-meter freestyle, 4x100-meter freestyle relay, 4x200-meter freestyle relay, and 4x100-meter medley relay). Schollander was the first swimmer in Olympic history to win four gold medals in the same Games. Over the course of his swimming career (he retired in 1968), Schollander broke many Olympic and world records, often doing so multiple times by breaking his own mark.

A predecessor of Schollander, Edward Eagan '21, also holds some Olympic notoriety. A lightweight boxer for the United States, Eagan won gold at the 1920 Antwerp Games. He would return to the Olympics in the 1924 Paris Games as a boxer. Eagan then made the switch to winter sports and won a gold medal as part of the U.S. four-man bobsled at the 1932 Lake Placid games.

Yet another prominent Olympian from Yale is Frank Shorter '69. Shorter won the marathon for the United States at the 1972 Munich Games, after the disaster in which 11 Israeli athletes were killed by terrorists. He followed up with a second-place finish in the 1976 Montreal Games. After his Olympic career, Shorter has been in the public eye as an Olympic commentator. He also has served as chairman of the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

More recently, Yale athletes have seen success in women's rowing. Anne Warner '77 rowed for the United States in an 8-oared shell in the 1976 Games, along with International Olympic Committee member Anita DeFrantz, a graduate of Penn's Law School. Both DeFrantz and Warner were to compete in the 1980 Moscow Games which the United States boycotted.

Name Sport Venue
A. Hawley Peterson Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
A.C. Gilbert Men's Athletics 1908 London Summer Games
A.D. Lindley Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Al Morales Men's Fencing 1960 Rome Summer Games
Al Morales Men's Fencing 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Al Morales Men's Fencing 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
Al Morales Men's Fencing 1972 Munich Summer Games
Alan Ford Men's Swimming 1948 London Summer Games
Alexis Thompson Women's Bobsled 1948 St. Moritz Winter Games
Alexis Thompson Women's Field Hockey 1936 Berlin Summer Games
Alfred M. Wilson Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Allen Stack Men's Swimming 1948 London Summer Games
Allen Stack Men's Swimming 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Andrew Fitch Men's Wrestling 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Andrew Messer Men's Rowing 1980 Moscow Summer Games
Anne Warner Women's Rowing 1976 Montreal Summer Games
Anne Warner Women's Rowing 1980 Moscow Summer Games
Archie Quarrier Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Arthur McAleenan Men's Diving 1912 Stockholm Summer Games
Bayes Norton Men's Athletics 1924 Paris Summer Games
Benjamin Funk Men's Boxing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Benjamin Spock Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Bill Mettler Men's Swimming 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Boyce Budd Men's Rowing 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Brad Simmons Men's Shooting 1976 Montreal Summer Games
Brian Jamieson Men's Rowing 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Caldwell Esselstyn Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Celita Schutz Women's Judo 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Celita Schutz Women's Judo 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Celita Schutz Women's Judo 2004 Athens Summer Games
Charles Chadwick Men's Athletics 1904 St. Louis Summer Games
Charles Grimes Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Chris Ernst Women's Rowing 1976 Montreal Summer Games
Clarence Childs Men's Athletics 1912 Stockholm Summer Games
David Johnson Men's Swimming 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
David Lyons Men's Swimming 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
David Ross Men's Shooting 1976 Montreal Summer Games
David Wight Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Dernell Every Men's Fencing 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games
Dernell Every Men's Fencing 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games
Dernell Every Men's Fencing 1940 Tokyo Summer Games
Dernell Every Men's Fencing 1948 London Summer Games
Dixon Boardman Men's Athletics 1900 Paris Summer Games
Donald A.E. Beer Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Donald Schollander Men's Swimming 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Donald Schollander Men's Swimming 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
Donald Sheff Men's Swimming 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Edward Eagan Men's Bobsled 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games
Edward Eagan Men's Boxing 1920 Antwerp Summer Games
Edward Eagan Men's Boxing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Edward Townsend Men's Swimming 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Eleni Benson Women's Soccer 2004 Athens Summer Games
Emily DeRiel Women's Modern Pentathlon 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Emory Clark Men's Rowing 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Eric Fish Men's Swimming 1972 Munich Summer Games
F. John Kingsbury Men's Rowing 1948 London Summer Games
F. John Wade, III Men's Rowing 1948 London Summer Games
Fay Moulton Men's Athletics 1904 St. Louis Summer Games
Francis Nelson Men's Ice Hockey 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games
Frank Chamberlain Men's Swimming 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Frank Connor Men's Athletics 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games
Frank Connor Men's Athletics 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games
Frank Righeimer Men's Fencing 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games
Frank Righeimer Men's Fencing 1936 Berlin Summer Games
Frank Shorter Men's Athletics 1972 Munich Summer Games
Frank Shorter Men's Athletics 1976 Montreal Summer Games
Franklin Farrell Men's Ice Hockey 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games
Fred Weicher Men's Athletics 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games
Frederick Sheffield Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
George Dole Men's Wrestling 1908 London Summer Games
George Donahue Men's Ice Hockey 1948 St. Moritz Winter Games
George Gleason Men's Swimming 2000 Sydney Summer Games
George Gleason Men's Swimming 2004 Athens Summer Games
Gilbert Colgate Men's Bobsled 1936 Germisch-Partenkirchen Winter Games
Gregory Gates Men's Rowing 1948 London Summer Games
H.N. Grieb Men's Gymnastics 1904 St. Louis Summer Games
Henry Kolowrat Men's Fencing 1960 Rome Summer Games
Howard Kingsbury Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Hugh Thompson Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Isabelle Kinsolving Women's Sailing 2004 Athens Summer Games
J. Lester Miller Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
J.J. Isler Men's Sailing 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
J.J. Isler Men's Sailing 2000 Sydney Summer Games
James Beggs Men's Rowing 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
James Fuchs Men's Athletics 1948 London Summer Games
James Fuchs Men's Athletics 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
James Luck Men's Athletics 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
James McEwan Men's Kayaking 1972 Munich Summer Games
James McEwan Men's Swimming 1992 Barcelona Summer Games
James McLane Men's Swimming 1948 London Summer Games
James McLane Men's Swimming 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
James Stillman Rockefeller Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Jeffrey Farrell Men's Swimming 1960 Rome Summer Games
John Bent Men's Ice Hockey 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games
John Brooks Men's Rowing 1948 London Summer Games
John Cooke Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
John Cookman Men's Ice Hockey 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games
John Huffman Men's Fencing 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games
John Huffman Men's Fencing 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games
John Huffman Men's Fencing 1936 Berlin Summer Games
John Huffman Men's Fencing 1940 Tokyo Summer Games
John Macionis Men's Swimming 1936 Berlin Summer Games
John Marshall Men's Swimming 1948 London Summer Games
John Marshall Men's Swimming 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
John Nelson Men's Swimming 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
John Nelson Men's Swimming 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
John Potter Men's Fencing 1936 Berlin Summer Games
Jonathan McKee Men's Sailing 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games
Jonathan McKee Men's Sailing 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Josh West Men's Rowing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Karl Warner Men's Athletics 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games
Kate O'Neil Women's Athletics 2004 Athens Summer Games
Kenneth Ives Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Kwaku Ohene-Frempong Men's Athletics 1972 Munich Summer Games
L.V. Howe Men's Athletics 1908 London Summer Games
Laurence Stoddard Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Leonard Carpenter Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Lewis Sheldon Men's Athletics 1900 Paris Summer Games
Mary O'Conner Women's Rowing 1980 Moscow Summer Games
Matt Taylor Men's Kayaking 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Matt Taylor Men's Kayaking 2004 Athens Summer Games
Michael Austin Men's Swimming 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Michael Schoettle Men's Sailing 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Michael Schoettle Men's Sailing 1972 Munich Summer Games
Murray Gilitz Men's Boxing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Perry Jecko Men's Swimming 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Peter Coghlan Men's Athletics 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Peter Cortes Men's Rowing 1976 Montreal Summer Games
Peter Devine Men's Fencing 1996 Atlanta Summer Games
Peter Nordell Men's Rowing 1988 Seoul Summer Games
Philip Long Men's Swimming 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
Ralph Stephan, Jr. Men's Rowing 1948 London Summer Games
Rex Aubrey Men's Swimming 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Rich MacDonald Men's Athletics 1972 Munich Summer Games
Richard Sheldon Men's Athletics 1900 Paris Summer Games
Richard Wailes Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Richard Wailes Men's Rowing 1960 Rome Summer Games
Richmond Landon Men's Athletics 1920 Antwerp Summer Games
Robert Kasting Men's Swimming 1972 Munich Summer Games
Robert Morey Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Robert Perew Men's Rowing 1948 London Summer Games
Robert Ridland Men's Equestrian 1972 Munich Summer Games
Robert Ridland Men's Equestrian 1976 Montreal Summer Games
Sabin Carr Men's Athletics 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games
Sada Jacobsen Women's Fencing 2004 Athens Summer Games
Sarah Hughes Women's Figure Skating 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Games
Seth Bauer Men's Rowing 1988 Seoul Summer Games
Stephen Clark Men's Swimming 1960 Rome Summer Games
Stephen Clark Men's Swimming 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Stephen Fahy Men's Swimming 2000 Sydney Summer Games
Steve Keisling Men's Rowing 1980 Moscow Summer Games
Stuart Griffing Men's Rowing 1948 London Summer Games
Thomas Campbell Men's Athletics 1920 Antwerp Summer Games
Thomas Charlton Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
Victor Frank, Jr. Men's Athletics 1948 London Summer Games
Virginia Gilder Women's Rowing 1980 Moscow Summer Games
Virginia Gilder Women's Rowing 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games
W. Hale Palmer Men's Ice Hockey 1932 Lake Placid Winter Games
Walter Dray Men's Athletics 1904 St. Louis Summer Games
Walter Goodwin Men's Rowing 1924 Paris Summer Games
Ward McLanahan Men's Athletics 1904 St. Louis Summer Games
Wayne Moore Men's Swimming 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
Wendell Mottley Men's Athletics 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
Wesley Oler, Jr. Men's Athletics 1912 Stockholm Summer Games
William Becklean Men's Rowing 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
William Comins Men's Athletics 1924 Paris Summer Games
William Steinkraus Men's Equestrian 1952 Helsinki Summer Games
William Steinkraus Men's Equestrian 1956 Melbourne Summer Games
William Steinkraus Men's Equestrian 1960 Rome Summer Games
William Steinkraus Men's Equestrian 1964 Tokyo Summer Games
William Steinkraus Men's Equestrian 1968 Mexico City Summer Games
William Steinkraus Men's Equestrian 1972 Munich Summer Games

 

 

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