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Dick Lawrence

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Webster "Dick"•Lawrence
Used nameDick•Lawrence
Born22 July 1906 in West Chazy, New York (USA)
DiedJune 1974 in Rochester, New York (USA)
NOC(s) United States


Dick Lawrence competed in both bobsled events at the 1936 Olympics and although he won a medal in the ‘boblet’ he was a hero in the 4-man. The 4-man sled, driven by Frank Tyler, began to gain too much speed for one turn and his brakeman, Jim Bickford, was thrown backwards, was half out of the sled and was being dangerously dragged along. Although he could also have fallen out, Lawrence leaned backwards, grabbed Bickford, and pulled him back into the sled. They finished the run. In addition to the 1936 Olympic bronze medal, Lawrence also partnered Gil Colgate to the 1934 North American 2-man championship.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1936 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) Two, Men Olympic Gil Colgate, Jr. 3 Bronze Representing United States    
  Four, Men Olympic United States 2 6