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Frank Havens

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameFrank Benjamin•Havens, III
Used nameFrank•Havens
Born1 August 1924 in Arlington, Virginia (USA)
Died22 July 2018 in Harborton, Virginia (USA)
Measurements188 cm / 89 kg
AffiliationsWashington Canoe Club, Washington (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Frank Havens is America’s top individual medal winner among Olympic canoeists. His specialty was distance races, no longer on the Olympic program. In addition to the two medal winning performances, Havens competed in the shorter Canadian singles events in 1948, 1952, 1956 and 1960. Havens won 10 National Championships, winning the Canadian singles championship in 1950-52, 1954, 1956-57, and 1961, as well as participating on several of the winning Canadian pairs and fours teams. After serving in the US Army during World War II, Havens lived most of his life in the Washington, DC area where he paddled for the Washington Canoe Club. His career was in insurance as an auto adjuster. Havens was an honorary life member of the Washington Canoe Club, a member of the American Canoe Association, and has been inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame, the Arlington Sports Hall of Fame, and the Washington and Lee High School Sports Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) USA Frank Havens
Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1952 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) USA Frank Havens
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) USA Frank Havens
Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) USA Frank Havens
Canadian Singles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 8
1960 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) USA Frank Havens
Canadian Singles, 1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4 h2 r2/4

Olympic family relations