Paul Pilgrim

Biographical information

Medals OG IG
Gold 1 2
Silver 0 0
Bronze 0 0
Total 1 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Intercalated Games
Full namePaul Henry•Pilgrim
Used namePaul•Pilgrim
Born26 October 1883 in New York, New York (USA)
Died7 January 1958 in White Plains, New York (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Although Paul Pilgrim was on the New York AC team that won the four mile team race at the 1904 Olympics, he will be best remembered for his double victory at Athens in 1906, a double only repeated by Alberto Juantorena at the 1976 Olympics. Pilgrim was a last-minute choice for the 1906 Olympic team and owed his selection to the insistence of his trainer, Matt Halpin. Clearly he fully justified his inclusion on the team, but at his third Olympics in 1908 he was eliminated in the heats of the 400 m. Pilgrim later served as Athletic Director of the New York AC from 1914 to 1953.

Personal Bests: 400 – 53.0 (1906); 800 – 2:01.5 (1906).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Paul Pilgrim
400 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
800 metres, Men (Olympic) AC
880 yards, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
4 miles, Team, Men (Olympic) New York Athletic Club 1 Gold
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics USA Paul Pilgrim
400 metres, Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold
800 metres, Men (Intercalated) 1 Gold
1908 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Paul Pilgrim
400 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 h1 r1/3
800 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS