Jim Gardiner

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJames Arthur "Jim"•Gardiner
Used nameJim•Gardiner
Born25 October 1930 in Detroit, Michigan (USA)
Died29 April 2016 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
Measurements183 cm / 79 kg
AffiliationsDetroit Boat Club, Detroit (USA) / US Army, (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


Jim Gardiner teamed with Pat Costello to take the silver medal in double sculls at the 1956 Olympics. Gardiner was a many-titled sculler having won the Pan Am doubles in 1955 (with Walter Hoover), U.S. titles in the doubles in 1954 and 1956 and in the quads in 1953, and Canadian championships in the doubles in 1956. He also won Canadian national titles as a sweeper in the fours with and without in 1952. Gardiner attended Wayne State, graduating in 1954, and representing the Detroit BC as a rower. Gardiner moved to Seattle and worked many years for Boeing, but his hobby and his passion was art. He later became a college art professor, but continued to compete in masters’ rowing events. He also helped establish the rowing program at Seattle University.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Rowing USA Jim Gardiner
Double Sculls, Men (Olympic) Pat Costello 2 Silver

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