Olympic Champions 1896-1936
the first 40 years


These pages are dedicated to the 2,050 men and 115 women who brought great pride to their nations when they became Olympic champions. Most may have passed away with the years but their achievements live on in Olympic history.

From James Connolly who triple-jumped to the first Gold medal on 6 April 1896 to the German riders who completed their courses on 16 August 1936, the early Olympic Games provided 1,138 occasions of drama, excitement and passion.

35 nations have produced Olympic champions during that time and their names and short biographies are recorded here (number of champions shown in brackets):

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Canada (96)

Finland (49)

British India (39)

New Zealand (3) Sweden (188) *

Argentina (16)

Cuba (2)

France (154) *

Ireland (2)

Norway (114) *

Switzerland (53)

Australia (28)

Czechoslovakia (9)

Germany (156) *

Italy (151) *

Poland (5)

Turkey (1)

Austria (15)

Denmark (41)

Great Britain (314) *

Japan (17)

Russia (1) United States (482) *

Belgium (54)

Egypt (4)

Greece (13)

Luxembourg (2)

South Africa (12)

Uruguay (24)

Brazil (1)

Estonia (5)

Hungary (57)

Netherlands (50)

Spain (5)

Yugoslavia (1)
Legend
Flags the national flags are those as of 1936
M/F male or female (if column not shown all are male)
Year year in which athlete first became Olympic champion
Gold number of gold medals won during career
Sport if participated in multiple sports, this is the one with the best results
Dates shown as day.month.year
The Olympic champions are arranged in the order in which they achieved their first Gold medal, except for Great Britain and USA. These are sorted first by sport, then by year of first Gold medal, due to their long list of champions. Pages marked * take a little longer to load.
If you have information that can fill some gaps in these lists, especially missing dates, please let me know. Corrections and comments are also welcome. 
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Olympic champions who achieved further Gold after 1936

Name

Country

Sport

Year

Jan Brzák-Felix

Czechoslovakia

Canoeing

1948

André Jousseaume

France

Equestrian

1948

René Bougnol

France

Fencing

1948

Pál Kovács

Hungary

Fencing

1948, 1952, 1956, 1960

Aladár Gerevich

Hungary

Fencing

1948, 1952, 1956, 1960

László Rajcsányi

Hungary

Fencing

1948, 1952

Tibor Berczelly

Hungary

Fencing

1948, 1952

Ilona Elek

Hungary

Fencing

1948

Edoardo Mangiarotti

Italy

Fencing

1952, 1956, 1960

Manlio Di Rosa

Italy

Fencing

1956

Earl Thomson

USA

Equestrian

1948

The information on these pages was compiled by
Bernard Reber
Auckland, New Zealand
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