Gustave Heiss

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Referee
SexMale
Full nameGustave Marinius•Heiss
Used nameGustave•Heiss
Born4 November 1904 in Meridian, Mississippi (USA)
Died7 June 1982 in Arlington, Virginia (USA)
AffiliationsFencers Club, New York (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Épée, the most inconsistent of the three weapons, generally produces a new champion every year, and often a completely new final round. But Gustave Heiss was an extremely consistent fencer in this most inconsistent of disciplines. Introduced to fencing at West Point, Heiss won the 1931 IFA épée individual title. After graduation, he fenced for the New York Fencers Club, and won the AFLA national title in épée individual four times, outdoor épée twice, and was a member of seven national championship teams – all before 1941. Thus, in a 10-year career, Gustave Heiss won six titles in this unpredictable event. Heiss became a career military officer after graduating West Point. During World War II, he was with the First Army, the Third Army, and the 87th Division. On 2 January 1945, at the Battle of the Bulge, he triggered a German “booby trap” that nearly killed him, left him hospitalized for two years, and ended his military and athletic careers. He went on to take up positions in government civil service.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Fencing USA Gustave Heiss
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 7 p1 r2/3
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze
1936 Summer Olympics Fencing USA Gustave Heiss
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) 6 p3 r1/4
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) United States =5

Referee

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1932 Summer Olympics Fencing USA Gustave Heiss
Foil, Individual, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Épée, Individual, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Sabre, Individual, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Foil, Team, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Épée, Team, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Sabre, Team, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Jury
Foil, Individual, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Jury