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Stan Benham

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Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameStanley Delong "Stan"•Benham
Used nameStan•Benham
Born21 December 1913 in Lake Placid, New York (USA)
Died22 April 1970 in Miami, Florida (USA)
AffiliationsLake Placid BC, Lake Placid (USA)
NOC United States


Stan Benham is probably the most titled man in American bobsledding, even though his best years came at the end of the USA’s great success in the sport. In 1949 and 1950 he drove the 4-man sled that won the world title for the United States, the first two times this had been done. His other titles included the North American 2-man (1951, 1954, and 1956) and 4-man (1948, 1951, 1953, and 1956), and the AAU 2-man (1954, and 1956-57) and 4-man (1948, 1951, 1953-54 and 1956-57). He was renowned as a driver and drove with various partners, while representing the Lake Placid Bobsled Club. Benham lived in Lake Placid most of his life, where he was the manager of the extensive park district and chief of the volunteer fire department. In the 60s he also did some commentary for televised bobsled competition.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) USA Stan Benham
Two, Men (Olympic) Pat Martin 2 Silver
Four, Men (Olympic) United States 1 2 Silver

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