Walter Stokes

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWalter Raymond•Stokes
Used nameWalter•Stokes
Born23 May 1898 in Mohawk, Florida (USA)
Died9 June 1996 in Stuart, Florida (USA)
Measurements171 cm
AffiliationsUS Army, (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2


Walter Stokes graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1918 and then went on to earn both an LL.B. and an M.D. degree, one of only two American Olympians to do so (fencer Graeme Hammond being the other). Both professional degrees came from George Washington University and, while he was in school, Stokes coached the school’s rifle team to intercollegiate championships in 1924, 1927, and 1928. As a competitor himself, Stokes was on the rifle, swimming and wrestling teams at Annapolis. He competed internationally for the U.S. as a rifle shooter from 1919 until 1923, at which time he entered medical school. At the 1921 World Championships in Lyon, France he was a member of the free rifle team which won four titles – prone, kneeling, standing, and 3-position.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Walter Stokes
Free Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
Free Rifle, 400, 600 and 800 metres, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Men (Olympic) =10
Running Target, Single Shot, Men (Olympic) =10
Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze
Running Target, Double Shot, Men (Olympic) 12
Running Target, Double Shot, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 5

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