George Ahlgren

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Lewis•Ahlgren
Used nameGeorge•Ahlgren
Born16 August 1928 in San Diego, California (USA)
Died30 December 1951 in Armer Mountain, Arizona (USA)
AffiliationsCalifornia Golden Bears, Berkeley (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1


While at Cal/Berkeley, George Ahlgren rowed all four years. In 1948 the Berkeley eight-oared crew lost twice to the team from the University of Washington, once in the finals of the Intercollegiate Rowing Association (IRA) regatta. However, in the semi-finals of the Olympic Trials, they heaped revenge on the crew from Seattle and went on to defeat a Harvard eight in the finals, thereby earning an Olympic berth and, eventually, a gold medal. In Ahlgren’s last two years in school, Cal had a bit more success with Washington, defeating them at the 1949 IRAs, but Washington again won that title in 1950, with Cal second. After college, George Ahlgren joined the U.S. Air Force but was killed shortly thereafter in a plane crash in Arizona.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Rowing USA George Ahlgren
Eights, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold

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