Christopher Boardman

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameChristopher Alan•Boardman
Used nameChristopher•Boardman
Born11 June 1903 in Norwich, Norfolk, England (GBR)
Died29 September 1987 in Norwich, Norfolk, England (GBR)
AffiliationsOxford and Cambridge Sailing Society, (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


After attending the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth and Trinity College, Cambridge, Chris Boardman joined the family firm of Colman’s Mustard in his hometown of Norwick. An appointment to the Board of Directors allowed him ample time for sailing and after captaining Cambridge against Oxford he became a member of many leading clubs including the Royal Yacht Squadron. Boardman was the assistant helmsman aboard the Endeavor in Tommy Sopwith’s challenge for the America’s Cup in 1934 and he took a keen interest in the project for the restoration of the Endeavor in 1986. At the 1936 Olympics he was the helmsman of Lalage that won the 6-metre class in Kiel. After war service as the commander of a corvette on Atlantic convoy duty, he resumed his business interests in Norfolk. His younger brother Humphrey Boardman was also an Olympian, rowing in the double sculls at the 1928 Olympic Games as well as winning two gold medals at the 1930 Empire Games.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Summer Olympics Sailing GBR Christopher Boardman
6 metres, Open (Olympic) Lalage 1 Gold

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