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Paul Elvstrøm

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 4
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePaul Bert•Elvstrøm
Used namePaul•Elvstrøm
Born25 February 1928 in Maglegård, Gentofte (DEN)
Died7 December 2016 in Hellerup, Gentofte (DEN)
Measurements182 cm / 85 kg
AffiliationsHellerup Sejlklub, Gentofte (DEN)
NOC(s) Denmark

Biography

Denmark’s Paul Elvstrøm is one of history’s greatest Olympians, winner of four consecutive individual yachting gold medals, and who competed as a yachtsman in eight Games over a 40-year period. He won the Firefly yachting class in 1948 and the Finn monotype class in 1952, 1956 and 1960 and was the first competitor in any sport to win individual gold medals at four successive Games. After being a reserve on the Danish team in 1964, he then competed in 1968 and 1972 without winning a medal. Elvstrøm also competed in 1984 and 1988 when his daughter, Trine, crewed for him, making them the first father/daughter combo to have competed together at the Olympics. Trine and Paul Elvstrøm were European champions in the Tornado class in 1983-84. Another daughter, Stine, was substitute for the Olympic team in 1988.Paul also won 13 World Championships in seven different monotype sailing classes. Paul Elvstrøm is one of a small group of Olympic athletes to have competed over a 40-year span.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Sailing One Person Dinghy, Open Olympic 1 Gold Representing Denmark    
1952 Summer Olympics Sailing One Person Dinghy, Open Olympic 1 Gold Representing Denmark    
1956 Summer Olympics Sailing One Person Dinghy, Open Olympic 1 Gold Representing Denmark    
1960 Summer Olympics Sailing One Person Dinghy, Open Olympic 1 Gold Representing Denmark    
1968 Summer Olympics Sailing Two Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Poul Mik-Meyer 4 Representing Denmark    
1972 Summer Olympics Sailing Three Person Keelboat, Open Olympic Denmark 13 Representing Denmark    
1984 Summer Olympics Sailing Multihull, Open Olympic Trine Elvstrøm 4 Representing Denmark    
1988 Summer Olympics Sailing Multihull, Open Olympic Trine Myralf 15 Representing Denmark    

Olympic family relations

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