Austin Clapp

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAustin Rhone•Clapp
Used nameAustin•Clapp
Born8 November 1910 in Farmington, New Hampshire (USA)
Died22 December 1971 in Woodside, California (USA)
AffiliationsLos Angeles Allied Athletic Club, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Apart from his gold medal in the relay, Austin Clapp also competed in the 400m and 1,500 m freestyle events at the 1928 Olympics, his best finish in those being fifth in the 400m. Clapp won one NCAA and one AAU indoor title and was one of the five Stanford men on the 1932 Olympic water polo team. A poly sci major as an undergrad, Clapp also attended Stanford Law School and became a prominent attorney with the law firm of Goldstein, Barceloux, and Goldstein in San Francisco. In 1948, he coached the U.S. team in London. He grew up on the small Pacific island of Nauru, where his father worked as a doctor.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Austin Clapp
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 5
1,500 metres Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 h1 r1/3
4 × 200 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold
1932 Summer Olympics Water Polo (Aquatics) USA Austin Clapp
Water Polo, Men (Olympic) United States 3 Bronze

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