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Owen Churchill

Full name: Owen Porter Churchill
Gender: Male
Born: March 8, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 12, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: South Coast Corinthian Yacht Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Sailing

Related Olympians: Father of Antonia Churchill; Uncle of Bill Cooper; Brother-in-law of Pierpont Davis.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Owen Churchill was a leading figure in U.S. yachting circles for more than 50 years. Born to a wealthy family, his mother gave him a boat to try and dissuade him from his passion for flying. After graduating from Stanford in 1919, he won his first major race when he captured the San Diego Thomas Lipton trophy with his 53-foot sloop, Galliano. From then on his successes were legion, but Churchill had to wait until 1928 for the United States to send yachtsmen to the Olympics. He competed in 1928, 1932, and 1936 to become the first American to compete in three Olympic regattas. In 1932, Churchill’s boat, the Angelita, won the gold easily by sweeping the Canadian entry in four straight races. Churchill was the captain of the U.S. yachting team in all three of his Olympic appearances and he would later serve on the international jury at the 1952 Games. After a disappointing performance at the 1936 Olympics, Owen Churchill leased a Tahitian island for two years and, while there, he was intrigued by the crudely fashioned fins which the natives used for diving. Churchill spotted the commercial possibilities of the swim fin and imported the idea to the states, where his “invention” was a huge commercial success. Owen Churchill was a friend of sporting champions and film stars and married the former Norma Drew, who had appeared in the early Laurel and Hardy films.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Sailing Mixed 8 metres Babe USA 6
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Sailing Mixed 8 metres Angelita USA 1 Gold
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Mixed 8 metres Angelita USA 10

Mixed 8 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date MO T PTS
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Sailing Babe USA Final Standings 1928-08-02 1 3rd
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Sailing Babe USA Race One 1928-08-02 4-10:26
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Sailing Babe USA Race Two 1928-08-03 2-42:54
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Sailing Babe USA Race Three 1928-08-04 3-08:17
1928 Summer 32 Amsterdam Sailing Babe USA Race Four 1928-08-05
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Sailing Angelita USA Final Standings 1932-08-05 8
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Sailing Angelita USA Race One 1932-08-05 2-01:09 2
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Sailing Angelita USA Race Two 1932-08-06 2-18:46 2
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Sailing Angelita USA Race Three 1932-08-07 2-03:03 2
1932 Summer 36 Los Angeles Sailing Angelita USA Race Four 1932-08-08 2-25:46 2
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Final Standings 1936-08-04 20
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Race One 1936-08-04 2-17:24 4
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Race Two 1936-08-05 2-23:47 3
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Race Three 1936-08-06 2-19:48 3
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Race Four 1936-08-07 3-35:28 3
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Race Five 1936-08-08 3-00:07 1
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Race Six 1936-08-09
1936 Summer 40 Berlin Sailing Angelita USA Race Seven 1936-08-10 2-38:46 6
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