Elka de Levie

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameElka•de Levie (-Boas)
Used nameElka•de Levie
Born21 November 1905 in Amsterdam (NED)
Died29 December 1979 in Amsterdam (NED)
AffiliationsBATO, Amsterdam (NED)
NOC Netherlands


Elka de Levie, competing for Amsterdam club BATO, qualified for the Dutch gymnastics team as a reserve. Eventually, she was selected to compete in the first ever women’s gymnastics competition at the Olympics. The Dutch team earned a gold medal with considerable ease. Like a number of her team- and clubmates, and the team’s coach, De Levie was Jewish. Unlike her teammates, De Levie survived World War II. De Levie’s best known result apart from the Olympics is a first place in the Amsterdam “Steen” competition in 1926. Between 1929 and 1943, she was married to Andries Boas, with whom she had two children.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) NED Elka de Levie
Team All-Around, Women (Olympic) Netherlands 1 Gold