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Edwin Moles

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameEdwin Janney•Moles, Jr.
Used nameEdwin•Moles
Born13 December 1908 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA)
Died16 July 1969 in Ramsey County, Minnesota (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Edwin Moles swam the 200 breaststroke at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. He won the event at the 1932 Olympic Trials. Moles was a Princeton swimmer who also competed for the New York Athletic Club. At Princeton he also played on the baseball team. When he competed at Los Angeles, Moles was a student at Yale Law School.

During World War II Moles served in the Air Force and was later a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. He became an executive with Archer Daniels Midland Company, eventually becoming a director and vice-president. Moles was also a well-known amateur radio operator, with his 100 foot rotating “Big Bertha” antenna mast towering over his Manitou Island, Minnesota residence, answering to the call letters of WØNLY, a call sign that was later reissued.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Swimming (Aquatics) USA Edwin Moles
200 metres Breaststroke, Men (Olympic) 4 h2 r1/3