Paul Elvstrøm

Denmark DEN

Sailing

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
  • Games participations
    8
  • First Olympic Games
    London 1948
  • Year of Birth
    1928
Olympic Results

Biography

Paul Elvstrøm

Denmark's Paul Elvstrøm is one of only three Olympians to win the same individual event four times in a row. He is also one of only four athletes to compete in eight or more editions of the Games.

Four consecutive victories

Elvstrøm won the Firefly sailing class in 1948. This class evolved into the Finn monotype class, which Elvstrøm then won in 1952, 1956 and 1960. After being a reserve on the Danish team in 1964, he competed in 1968 and 1972. Although he did not win a medal, he did place fourth in the 1968 Star class competition.

Father and daughter

Elvstrøm returned to the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988 when his daughter, Trine, crewed for him, making them the only father/daughter combination to have competed together at the Games. Trine and Paul Elvstrøm were European champions in the Tornado class in 1983-84 and placed fourth in this class at the 1984 edition of the Games. Paul Elvstrøm also won 13 World Championships in seven different monotype sailing classes. He is one of only four Olympic athletes to have competed over a 40-year span.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Seoul 1988

#15
Multihull (Tornado)
Multihull (Tornado) Sailing
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Los Angeles 1984

#4
Multihull (Tornado)
Multihull (Tornado) Sailing
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Results Event Sport

Munich 1972

#13
Three Person Keelboat (Soling)
Three Person Keelboat (Soling) Sailing
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Results Event Sport

Mexico City 1968

#4
Two Person Keelboat (Star)
Two Person Keelboat (Star) Sailing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rome 1960

G
One Person Dinghy (Finn)
One Person Dinghy (Finn) Sailing
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Melbourne 1956

G
One Person Dinghy (Finn)
One Person Dinghy (Finn) Sailing
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Results Event Sport

Helsinki 1952

G
One Person Dinghy (Finn)
One Person Dinghy (Finn) Sailing
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Results Event Sport

London 1948

G
One Person Dinghy (Firefly)
One Person Dinghy (Firefly) Sailing