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John Cooke

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Patrick•Cooke
Used nameJohn•Cooke
Born9 April 1937 in Ansonia, Connecticut (USA)
Died26 December 2005 in Ridgefield, Connecticut (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 84 kg
AffiliationsYale Bulldogs, New Haven (USA)
NOC United States


John Cooke played football in high school, but took up rowing after matriculating at Yale. He graduated in 1959, after rowing in the sixth seat for the 1956 gold medalists, and then went to law school. After college, Cooke joined the US Marine Corps and served several years in Asia. He worked the rest of his life for an air freighting company, while also being involved in local politics. John Cooke also returned to football, as a youth coach.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Rowing USA John Cooke
Eights, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold