Ray Bracken

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRaymond Cope "Ray"•Bracken
Used nameRay•Bracken
Born8 January 1891 in Steubenville, Ohio (USA)
Died23 October 1974 in Columbus, Ohio (USA)
AffiliationsColumbus Revolver Club, Columbus (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2


Ray Bracken was a lumberjack from Columbus, Ohio in 1920. He was coached by his friend and fellow Olympian James Snook, who has the dubious distinction of being the only Olympian to die in the electric chair for first-degree murder. Bracken’s first major success was winning the pistol novice match at the United States Revolver Association National Championship in 1917. He made the US pistol-shooting team after qualifying in the trials held in July 1920 at Quantico, Virginia. In addition to his medal-winning Olympic performances Bracken placed fifth in the individual free pistol event.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Ray Bracken
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
Free Pistol, 50 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
Military Pistol, 30 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver