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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 Maglegårds, Gentofte (DEN)
Died7 December 2016 in Hellerup, Gentofte (DEN)
Measurements182 cm / 85 kg
AffiliationsHellerup Sejlklub, Gentofte (DEN)
NOC 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 NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
One Person Dinghy, Open (Olympic) 1 Gold
1952 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
One Person Dinghy, Open (Olympic) 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
One Person Dinghy, Open (Olympic) 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
One Person Dinghy, Open (Olympic) 1 Gold
1968 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
Two Person Keelboat, Open (Olympic) Poul Mik-Meyer 4
1972 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
Three Person Keelboat, Open (Olympic) Denmark 13
1984 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
Multihull, Open (Olympic) Trine Elvstrøm 4
1988 Summer Olympics Sailing DEN Paul Elvstrøm
Multihull, Open (Olympic) Trine Myralf 15

Olympic family relations

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