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Earl Thomson

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 3
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEarl Foster•Thomson
Used nameEarl•Thomson
Born14 August 1900 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
Died5 July 1971 in Santa Barbara, California (USA)
AffiliationsUS Army, (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Earl Thomson’s record of five Olympic medals is bettered only by Michael Plumb, with six, among American Olympic equestrians. Originally a member of the 8th Cavalry polo team alongside Harry Chamberlin, Chamberlin acted as a mentor to Thompson and brought him into the US equestrian team. Thomson also holds the record of being the oldest American to win an Olympic equestrian gold medal. Thomson was a West Point graduate who served as chief of staff for the 10th Mountain Division during World War II. After the war, he served in Europe for several years before retiring in 1954 as a full colonel.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA Earl Thomson
Individual, Men (Olympic) Jenny Camp 2 Silver
Team, Men (Olympic) Jenny Camp / United States 1 Gold
1936 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA Earl Thomson
Individual, Men (Olympic) Jenny Camp 2 Silver
Team, Men (Olympic) Jenny Camp / United States AC
1948 Summer Olympics Equestrian Dressage (Equestrian) USA Earl Thomson
Individual, Men (Olympic) Pancraft 8
Team, Men (Olympic) Pancraft / United States 2 Silver
Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) USA Earl Thomson
Individual, Men (Olympic) Reno Rhythm 21
Team, Men (Olympic) Reno Rhythm / United States 1 Gold

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