Internet search
Name Full News
English

Ray Ewry

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 8 2
Silver 0 0
Bronze 0 0
Total 8 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games, Competed in Intercalated Games
SexMale
Full nameRaymond Clarence "Ray"•Ewry
Used nameRay•Ewry
Nick/petnamesR. C.
Born14 October 1873 in Lafayette, Indiana (USA)
Died29 September 1937 in Douglaston, Long Island, New York (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 79 kg
AffiliationsPurdue Boilermakers, West Lafayette (USA) / NYAC, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Ray Ewry was paralyzed by polio as a child, but by dint of diligent exercising he developed immense strength in his legs and became the greatest exponent of the standing jumps that the sport has ever seen. He attended Purdue from 1890 to 1897, where he captained the track team and also played football. After gaining a graduate degree in mechanical engineering he competed briefly for the Chicago AA before moving to New York, where he worked for the city as a hydraulics engineer and joined the New York AC. He won the first of his 15 AAU titles in 1898 at the age of 25 and the last in 1910. He was undoubtedly deprived of many more titles when the standing jumps were dropped from the AAU program from 1899 to 1905. He attempted a comeback in 1912 but, not surprisingly some of the spring had gone from his legs as he approached his 40th birthday and he failed to make the Olympic team. Ewry’s 10 gold medals was an absolute Olympic record that stood until 2008.

Personal Bests: sHJ – 1.675 (1900); sLJ – 11-4¾ (3.47) (1904); sTJ – 35-7¼ (10.86) (1901).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1900 Summer Olympics Athletics Standing High Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  Standing Long Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Standing Triple Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics Standing High Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  Standing Long Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Triple Jump, Men Olympic DNS
  Standing Triple Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics Standing High Jump, Men Intercalated 1 Gold Representing United States    
  Standing Long Jump, Men Intercalated 1 Gold
  Triple Jump, Men Intercalated DNS
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics Standing High Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States    
  Standing Long Jump, Men Olympic 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1900 Summer Olympics 16 July 1900 Athletics Standing High Jump, Men Final Standings 1.655 1
1900 Summer Olympics 16 July 1900 Athletics Standing Long Jump, Men Final Standings 3.300 1
1900 Summer Olympics 16 July 1900 Athletics Standing Triple Jump, Men Final Standings 10.58 1
1904 Summer Olympics 29 August 1904 Athletics Standing Long Jump, Men Final Standings 3.47 1

Errata

Previously incorrectly listed as dying on 1 October 1937.