Robert O'Brien

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert William•O'Brien
Used nameRobert•O'Brien
Born6 June 1933 in Mount Vernon, New York (USA)
Measurements181 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsInwood Canoe Club, Manhattan, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Robert O’Brien attended Fairleigh Dickinson University and paddled for the Inwood Canoe Club. In high school he was on the swim team, and when he was in the service, he ran the mile for the 7th Army, 40th AAA Battalion. O’Brien was 1951 US junior champion in K-1. He and Ken Wilson won the US title in K-2 1,000 in 1957. O’Brien worked as a sales rep at the time of the 1960 Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Canoe Marathon (Canoeing) USA Robert O'Brien
Kayak Singles, 10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
1960 Summer Olympics Canoe Sprint (Canoeing) USA Robert O'Brien
Kayak Relay, 4 × 500 metres, Men (Olympic) United States 3 h2 r2/4