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Old Olympian Gold Medalists who are still living

Updated on August 7, 2012

Sandor Tarics, 98

Born in Budapest, Hungary on Sept. 23, 1913, Sandor Tarics competed in the 1936 Berlin Summer Olympics as a member of the water polo player of Hungary. His team bagged the gold while Germany placed second. In the 2 matches that he played, he scored 2 goals. Currently, he's residing in Belevedere, Calif. He went to London to see the 2012 Olympic games.

Evelyn Furtsch Ojeda
Evelyn Furtsch Ojeda

Evelyn Furtsch Ojeda, 98

In the L.A. 1932 Summer Olympics, Evelyn Furtsch Ojeda participated in the 4 x 100m relay together with Mary Carew, Weilhelmina von Bremen and Annette Rogers as teammates, winning the gold medal. Born in San Diego, Calif. on April 17, 1914, Evelyn Furtsch Ojeda is a former American athlete. At the young age of 8, her family transferred residence to Orange County. She is the last of the 1932 4x100 women relay team for other members have already died.


William Oscar Guernsey Grut, 97

William Oscar Guernsey hails from the country of Sweden. He was born 97 years ago in 1914, on the 17th day of September. He saw competition in the year 1948 in London during its Summer Olympics. He was lucky to bag the gold in modern pentathlon. During that athletic meet, the Swedish delegation proudly carried home 17 Olympic Gold Medals from London. Grut that year was bestowed the prestigious "Svenska Dagbladet Achievement Award.

Helen Johns Carroll
Helen Johns Carroll

Helen Carroll, 97

Helen Eileen Johns or Helen Carroll is an American swimmer who was born on the 25th day of September, 1914 in East Boston, Massachusetts, United States. As member of the American delegation, she saw action in the Los Angeles 1932 Summer Olympics competing as member of the women 4x100m freestyle relay event, winning the gold. In 1936 she finished college from Brown University. Eugene Carroll married her and couple transferred to Sumter, So. Carolina where they are now.

Knowles, 94 (left)
Knowles, 94 (left)

Durward Randolph Knowles, 94

This olympic gold medalist was born in the land of the Bahamas on November 2, 1917. He's an accomplished sailor and has been involved in world competition regarding sailing. He's Durward Randolph Knowles. In Tokyo at the 1964 Summer Olympics, together with Cecil Cooke, he competed and went home with a gold medal in the Star Class, In Melbourne during the 1956 Summer Olympics, he won a bronze medal. In the 1948 Olympics, together with Sloane Elmo Farrington, he competed under the flag of the UK, winning 4th place in the Star Class. He was knighted in 1996 and bestowed the Bahamas' Order of Merit in 1997.

Lundstrom, 94
Lundstrom, 94

Martin Lundstrom, 94

Martin Lundstrom is a cross-country skier from Sweden. He joined the competition late in the 1940s and early 1950s. He won 2 Olympic gold medals, one in the 18 km and another in the 4x10 km relay events at St. Moritz, Switzerland during the 1948 Winter Olympics, He also won a bronze at the 1952 Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway. Born May 30, 1918 in Tvarliden, Municipality of Norsio, Lundstrom in 1948 also won the 18 km event at the Holmenkollen ski festival. Added to his credit is likewise another gold which he won in the 4x10 km relay at the 1950 FIS Nordic World Ski Championships.

Kiefer, 94
Kiefer, 94

Adolph Gustav 'Sonny Boy' Kiefer, 94

Adolph Gustav 'Sonny Boy' is the name of this amazing American swimmer. He holds the sterling record as the world's first swimmer to navigate backstroke 100 yards in less than a minute. This record stood unbroken for 15 years. Born in Chicago on June 27, 1918, Kiefer attended University of Texas-Austin in 1965. He was part of the group inaugurated into the International Swimming Hall of Fame in 1965. He spent his 90th birthday in Omaha at the 2008 US Swimming Olympic Trials, by awarding medals for the 200m backstroke. And on June 27, 2012, he repeated the same activity in Omaha at the 2012 US Swimming OlympicTrials.

Gunthard, 92
Gunthard, 92

Jack Gunthard, 92

Jack Gunthard saw the first light of day on January 8, 1920 in Hirzel, Zurich, Switzerland. Jack Gunthard is an Olympic Champion and a famous gymnast of his country Switzerland, To prove his worth, Jack Gunthard competed and showed his utmost at the1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, where he was awarded a Gold Medal in horizontal bar, and a Silver Medal in team combined exercises. In all of these competitions, he manifested all his skills, impressing the judges and spectators as well.

Lydia Wideman-Lehtonenis, 92
Lydia Wideman-Lehtonenis, 92

Lydia Wideman-Lehtonen, 92

Lydia Wideman-Lehtonen is a Finns and was born in Vilppula on May 17, 1920. She was formerly a cross-country skier from Finland and when she got married, she was known as Lydia Wideman Lehtonen. She won a Gold Medal over 10 kilometers distance during the Winter Olympics in Oslo, Norway in 1952, becoming the first female Olympic medalist in cross-country skiing.

Dr. Samuel ‘Sammy’ Lee, 92
Dr. Samuel ‘Sammy’ Lee, 92

Dr. Samuel ‘Sammy’ Lee, 92

Dr. Samuel 'Sammy' Lee competed for the US in the men's diving contest, winning the London 3m Springboard in 1948 a Bronze, a Gold Medal in the 10m Platform in the same competition and another Gold in the 1952 10m Platform in Helsinki. A piece of land in Los Angeles Koreatown is named after him. Born August 1, 1920, in Fresno, California, he has Korean genes in his blood. He enjoys the privilege of being the first Asian-American to bag an Olympic gold for the US. He also got the distinction of being the first person to bag back-to-back gold medals in Olympic platform diving.


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