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Edwin Grienauer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEdwin Karl Hugo•Grienauer
Used nameEdwin•Grienauer
Born7 March 1893 in Wien (Vienna) (AUT)
Died21 August 1964 in Wien (Vienna) (AUT)
NOC Austria

Biography

Austrian Edwin Grienauer was the son of cellist Karl Grienauer (1868-1915) and opera singer Helene Schott (1871-1910) but grew up temporarily in an orphanage. After an apprenticeship he studied at the School of Applied Arts in Wien (Vienna). From 1912 he worked as a freelancer, but from 1920-33 he was a member of the Künstlerhaus. He was known primarily for his design of official Austrian and Liechtenstein coins. He was also an outstanding rower, winning the 1927 Austrian Championships in double sculls. He created large sculptures, busts, medals and coins, was awarded the title of an honorary professor in 1935 and taught from 1945 at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wien. His large-scale sculptures and architectural decorations can be found particularly in the Wien area. Grienauer also created numerous medals and plaques on sports topics, including the 50 Schilling coin on the occasion of the Olympic Winter Games in Innsbruck 1964.

In 1928 Grienauer submitted four medals to the art competitions in the category Medals and Reliefs, one of them winning the gold medal. Two of the medals were created for a concrete reason. One medal was created for the award ceremony in rowing in Wien (three-cities-eights-rowing Berlin-Vienna-Budapest) on 27 June 1927, in which Nike presents three athletes an olive branch. Another medal 60th anniversary was also dedicated to the rowing club Donauhort (1927). In the background, a coxed eight can be seen, and in the foreground an athlete (the winner) is waving a flag. Both medals were one-sided and had a diameter of 60 mm.

The third medal showed a naked athlete and the inscription “Kunsthistorisches Museum”. It was a model of a badge for museum guides (60 x 37 mm) created in the Olympic year. The fourth medal was a work from 1926 for the Künstlerhaus. It is a one-sided AE-medal with a diameter of 70 mm as an annual premium of the Medailleurs’ Association of the Cooperative of the Fine Arts in Wien titled “Dragon fight”. Grienauer’s medals were listed in the catalog under three categories, each with the neutral designation “medal”. However, four medals are shown in the Official Report. Possibly the badge, which was only created in 1928, was subsequently submitted. Whether the gold medal was awarded in 1928 for his overall presentation or only for one of the works is still unclear. In 1932 he took part with eight works and in 1948 he earned another Olympic bronze medal for his Prize Rowing Trophy.

In 1932 Grienauer submitted 8 medals in a frame with glass: Medal of the Austrian Automobile Club (1930, prize medal, one-sided, 60 mm), Eckart-Bund medal (1929, one-sided, 60 mm), Nike (pentathlon medal) (1931 for the Austrian Federation of Physical Sport, winner’s medal, 50 mm), Neptune (watersport medal) (1929, one-sided, 50 mm, 48 g), Sprinter in the final spurt (1928), European Championship Medal in Women’s Figure Skating (1929 for the International Skating Federation, prize medal, 40 mm), Badge for Certified Ski Instructor (1928, one-sided, octagonal, 40 mm), and Rowers (sports medal) (1929, one-sided, 35 mm). With the bronze medal in 1948 for his Plaque for Rowing, he was one of the very few Olympians who won more than one art medal. In the same year he also participated in the painting category. In 1952 he once again exhibited a collection of bronze medals.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Art Competitions AUT Edwin Grienauer
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) 1 Gold
1932 Summer Olympics Art Competitions AUT Edwin Grienauer
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
Sculpturing, Medals And Reliefs, Open (Olympic) AC
1948 Summer Olympics Art Competitions AUT Edwin Grienauer
Sculpturing, Medals And Plaques, Open (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Sculpturing, Statues, Open (Olympic) AC