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Michel de Carvalho

Full name: Michel Rey de Carvalho
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 159 lbs (72 kg)
Born: July 21, 1944 in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, Great Britain
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Luge

Biography

The son of a Brazilian father and an English mother, Michel de Carvalho learn to ski whilst at school in Switzerland. It was his ability to ski that led to the film producer Michael Balcon casting him in a small role in the award winning 1952 film “The Divided Heart”. This led to a brief but successful Hollywood career under the name “Michel Ray” in which he took the lead role in the Oscar-winning “The Brave One” and also starred alongside Henry Fonda and Anthony Perkins in the western “The Tin Star”. He retired from acting in 1962 after playing the role of the Arab boy “Faraj” in the classic “Lawrence of Arabia”.

De Carvalho graduated from Harvard University with a degree in business studies and for the next decade combined his business and sporting careers. He was a member of the British alpine skiing team in the late sixties and then along with fellow skier Jeremy Palmer-Tompkinson switched to the luge. The two men posted 20th place finishes in both the 1972 and 1976 with de Carvalho also competing in the singles in 1976.

In his business career he worked for White Weld & Co, Rothschild and Credit Suisse and became a multi-millionaire through his investments in the London markets. In 1995 he became the first non-Japanese member of the board of the Japanese brokerage firm Nikko Securities. His wife Charlene is the daughter of the Dutch brewing magnate Freddy Heineken, who upon the death of her father in 2002 inherited a $6 billion fortune and took over from Queen Beatrix the title of richest woman from the Netherlands.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Great Britain-2 GBR 20
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Men's Singles Great Britain GBR 29
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Mixed (Men)'s Doubles Great Britain-1 GBR 20

Mixed (Men)'s Doubles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Rank
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Luge Great Britain-2 GBR Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson Final Standings 20
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Luge Great Britain-2 GBR Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson Run 1 20
1972 Winter 27 Sapporo Luge Great Britain-2 GBR Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson Run 2 20
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain-1 GBR Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson Final Standings 20
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain-1 GBR Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson Run 1 23
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain-1 GBR Jeremy Palmer-Tomkinson Run 2 16

Men's Singles

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T IT1 IR1 IT2 IR2 ST1 SR1 ST2 SR2
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain GBR Final Standings 29 3:42.665
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain GBR Run 1 33 56.340 20.642 33 33.762 32 13.120 30 22.578 31
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain GBR Run 2 31 55.412 20.239 26 33.140 27 12.901 28 22.272 31
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain GBR Run 3 34 55.277 20.316 31 33.301 32 12.985 33 21.976 31
1976 Winter 31 Innsbruck Luge Great Britain GBR Run 4 32 55.636 20.233 29 33.206 31 12.973 33 22.430 32
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