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Dennis Conner

Full name: Dennis Walter Conner
Gender: Male
Height: 6'1" (186 cm)
Weight: 196 lbs (89 kg)
Born: September 16, 1942 in San Diego, California, United States
Affiliations: San Diego Yacht Club, San Diego (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Sailing

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Known for his almost maniacal dedication to sailing sport, Dennis Conner, who attended San Diego State, was the helmsman of the U.S. pairing which took the bronze medals in the Tempest class at the 1976 Olympics. He was twice a world champion in the Star class (1971 and 1977) and finished as runner-up in 1978. Despite these small boat successes, Conner is much better known for his America’s Cup exploits. At the 1974 trials, he served as helmsman for two boats (at separate times) in the defender trials. Neither boat was chosen, but in 1980, Conner skippered the boat Freedom as she defended the Cup by defeating the Australian challenger, winning four of five races. In 1983, Conner was again chosen to defend the Cup, this time skippering the boat Liberty. Sadly Conner suffered the ignominy of losing the Cup to a faster boat, Australia ll, for the first U.S. loss in the 132-year history of the event. But he returned in 1987 and 1988, aboard Stars & Stripes to regain the Cup and give him four titles in that fabled yachting event. He is a member of the U.S. Sailing Hall of Fame, the America’s Cup Hall of Fame, and won 28 world championships in various classes.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing Mixed Two Person Keelboat United States USA 3 Bronze

Mixed Two Person Keelboat

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date NP TP PTS T
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Final Standings 1976-07-19 32.7 47.7
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Race One 1976-07-19 3.0 2-19:56
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Race Two 1976-07-20 3.0 2-13:02
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Race Three 1976-07-21 5.7 2-24:45
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Race Four 1976-07-23 10.0 2-17:56
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Race Five 1976-07-25 15.0 3-31:01
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Race Six 1976-07-26 8.0 1-54:40
1976 Summer 33 Montréal Sailing United States USA Conn Findlay Race Seven 1976-07-27 3.0 2-05:01