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Robin Dixon

Full name: Thomas Robin Valerian Dixon
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10 (178 cm)
Weight: 183 lbs (83 kg)
Born: April 21, 1935 in London, Greater London, Great Britain
Title: 3rd Baron of Glentoran
Affiliations: British Army, (GBR) / Bobclub St. Moritz, Sankt Moritz (SUI)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Bobsleigh

Related Olympians: Father-in-law of Karen Straker-Dixon.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

As Britain does not have a single bobsleigh run, the victory of Robin Dixon and Tony Nash in the two-man bobsleigh in 1964 has been compared with a competitor from a country without a pool winning a gold medal for swimming. Dixon and Nash had been well advised in their preparation by Tony Brooks and in 1963 they finished third in the World Championship that was held over the Olympic course at Igls, near Innsbruck, Austria. At the 1964 Olympics, the British pair was lying second to the Canadians after the opening run but moved into first position on the second run. They then lost the lead to the Italians before a magnificent fourth and final run gave them victory by the margin of 12/100ths of a second. The 1964 World Championship went with the Olympic title and with Nash as driver and Dixon as brakeman they retrained their world title at St Moritz in 1965. Although they failed to retain their Olympic title in 1968, they finished a commendable fifth at Alpe d’ Huez, France. Dixon was educated at Eton and was awarded the MBE in recognition of his Olympic success. He left the army in 1966 and pursued a successful business career with Kodak and the Redland building material company until the death of his father in 1995 meant he inherited the title of Baron Glentoran and a place in the House of Lords.

Dixon became an active conservative member of the House and was one of the 96 hereditary peers to retain his place after the chamber was reformed in 1999. He served as Shadow Minister for Northern Ireland, Shadow Minister for Sport and Shadow Minister for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs during the Conservative Party's time in opposition.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Two Great Britain-1 GBR 1 Gold
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Four Great Britain-1 GBR 12
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Men's Two Great Britain-1 GBR 5
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Men's Four Great Britain-1 GBR 8

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Final Standings
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 1
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 2
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 3
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 4
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Final Standings
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 1
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 2
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 3
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Tony Nash Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Final Standings
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Run 1
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Run 2
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Run 3
1964 Winter 28 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Run 4
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Final Standings
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Run 1
1968 Winter 32 Grenoble Bobsleigh Great Britain-1 GBR Run 2
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