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Léon Quaglia

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameLéonhard Giotti "Léon"•Quaglia
Used nameLéon•Quaglia
Born4 January 1896 in Cluses, Haute-Savoie (FRA)
Died5 March 1961 in Chamonix, Haute-Savoie (FRA)
Measurements173 cm
AffiliationsChamonix HC, Chamonix (FRA)
NOC France

Biography

Léon Quaglia was a great personality in French speed skating. He started his career by winning the national championships in 1913 and ended it the same way – in 1948, although he competed through the 1957 French Championships. In total, he was French speed skating champion 19 times. He did not take part in any international championships, except the 1924 and 1928 Olympic Winter Games. His best achievement was a sixth place in the all-around competition in 1924 and a seventh place in the 10K the same year.

As an ice hockey player, Quaglia was even better known, competing in three Olympics and the European Championships of 1923 (silver) and 1924 (gold). He played for Chamonix in the French league, winning the title in 1923 and 1930, while also taking the Italian crown with Milano in 1925.

Quaglia’s exploits are remembered in the annual Trophée Léon Quaglia, a short-track speed skating event held annually in Chamonix. His sister, Lina Quaglia, was a popular singer in musical theatre.

Personal Bests: 500 – 47.8 (1928); 1500 – 2:36.6 (1926); 5000 – 9:07.4 (1928); 10000 – 18:25.0 (1924).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) FRA Léon Quaglia
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) France =5
1924 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) FRA Léon Quaglia
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) France =5
Speed Skating (Skating) FRA Léon Quaglia
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 15
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 14
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 9
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
Allround, Men (Olympic) 6
1928 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey (Ice Hockey) FRA Léon Quaglia
Ice Hockey, Men (Olympic) France =8
Speed Skating (Skating) FRA Léon Quaglia
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 26
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 18

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1924 Winter Olympics 26 January 1924 Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Final Standings 9:08.6 9

Special Notes

Errata

Previously believed to have been born in Chamonix but no record of his birth exists in Chamonix records.