Harlan Holden

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameHarlan Ware•Holden
Used nameHarlan•Holden
Born31 March 1888 in Worcester, Massachusetts (USA)
Died7 June 1962 in Little Rock, Arkansas (USA)
Measurements192 cm / 77 kg
AffiliationsBates University
NOC United States


Harlan Holden competed for Bates College and the Boston AA. His placement on the 1912 Olympic Team is a mystery as he did not place in any of the three regional Olympic Trials, and never placed at the IC4As or AAUs. At the 1912 Olympics, he also competed in the baseball demonstration event.

Holden became a career military man, serving in both World Wars as a colonel in the US Army Air Force. Holden’s son, Harlan, Jr., later attended the US Military Academy and served as a lieutenant in World War II, only to die in a training crash in Texas.

Personal Best: 800 – 1:58.1 (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Harlan Holden
800 metres, Men (Olympic) AC h2 r2/3
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA Harlan Holden
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Mixed team 2
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) US East "Olympics" 1