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Frank Bornamann

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Intercalated Games
Full nameFrank Alexander•Bornamann
Used nameFrank•Bornamann
Born4 March 1877 in Allentown, Pennsylvania (USA)
AffiliationsChicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


Primarily a diver, Frank Bornamann also competed in swimming at the 1906 Olympics. On the trip to Athina aboard the ship Barbarossa, the US athletes were on the deck when a huge wave hit the ship. Distance runner Harvey Cohn was almost thrown overboard but was saved by the quick action of Bornamann. Bornamann was injured during the incident, which probably prevented him from being at his best in Athina.

Bornamann was US Champion on the 3-metre springboard indoors in 1909, 1911, and 1912. He represented the Chicago Athletic Association.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1906 Intercalated Games Diving (Aquatics) USA Frank Bornamann
Platform, Men (Intercalated) AC
Swimming (Aquatics) USA Frank Bornamann
400 metres Freestyle, Men (Intercalated) AC
4 × 250 metres Freestyle Relay, Men (Intercalated) United States 4


Date of birth also seen as 14 March 1885.