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Jack Heaton

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 3
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Rutherford "Jack"•Heaton
Used nameJack•Heaton
Born9 September 1908 in New Haven, Connecticut (USA)
Died10 September 1976 in Paris, Paris (FRA)
NOC United States


Together with Billy Fiske, Jack Heaton is rated as the most brilliant of all American riders on the Cresta Run. He won the Grand National in 1927 and 1929, the Curzon Cup in 1930 and 1933, the Bott Cup in 1929 and 1933 (from a scratch handicap), and the Carlton Challenge Cup in 1929 and 1933. Perhaps his greatest ride came in February 1929 when he lowered the record from the top, his record of 58.0 seconds remaining unbeaten for seven years. Heaton is the only man to have won medals in the Olympic Winter Games 20 years apart. Jack Heaton eventually settled in France where he lived for many years.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Skeleton (Bobsleigh) USA Jack Heaton
Skeleton, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1932 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) USA Jack Heaton
Two, Men (Olympic) Bob Minton 3 Bronze
1948 Winter Olympics Skeleton (Bobsleigh) USA Jack Heaton
Skeleton, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
1948 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony USA Jack Heaton

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