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Jim Elder

Full name: James Robert "Jim" Elder
Gender: Male
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: July 27, 1934 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Equestrianism

Related Olympians: Brother of Norman Elder.

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Jim Elder took up equestrian in 1950 and, six years later, was attending the 1956 Summer Olympics, where he won a bronze medal as a member of the Canadian eventing team, alongside Brian Herbinson and John Rumble. Individually, he placed 19th. He earned his first major international victory at the 1959 Pan American Games, where he took the gold medal in the three-day event with his brother Norman and Tom Gayford. His next stop, and his final one as an eventer, was the 1960 Summer Olympics, where he and his brother were eliminated after their teammates, Gayford and Herbinson, failed to complete the race. Jim was 10th individually.

Jim switched to show jumping after these Games but, because Canada did not send an eventing or jumping equestrian team to the 1964 Summer Olympics, he had to wait until the 1967 Pan American Games to show what he was capable of. After taking bronze in the team event, alongside Gayford and Jim Day, the trio was selected for the 1968 Summer Olympics, where they won a surprise gold medal in team jumping. Individually Elder was sixth after losing a bronze medal jump-off against David Broome of Great Britain, Frank Chapot of the United States, and Hans Günter Winkler of West Germany; it was, however, his best solo rank across five editions of the Games. Elder then won two more team gold medals at the 1970 World Championships (with Day and Gayford) and the 1971 Pan American Games (alongside Gayford, Torchy Millar, and the non-Olympian Barbara Simpson). It was not until the 1972 Summer Olympics, with Day and Torchy and Ian Millar, that he was dethroned, finishing sixth in team jumping and joint-43rd individually.

The 1972 Games signaled the end of Elder’s glory days, but he continued to compete through the 1980s and attended two more editions of the Olympics in 1976 and 1984. His last hurrah came at the 1983 Pan American Games, where he captured silver in both individual and team jumping (with Torchy Millar and Hugh Graham). A graduate of the University of Toronto, by career he was a businessman who ran a successful refrigeration company. He was inducted into Canada’s Sports (1968), the Canadian Olympic (1971), the Canadian Eventing Hall of Fame (2009), and the Jump Canada (2010) Halls of Fame, was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1983, and became a part of Canada’s Walk of Fame in 2003.

Results

Mixed Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F JOF JOT
1968 Summer 34 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Canada The Immigrant Final Standings 6 12.00 0.00 39.2
1968 Summer 34 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Canada The Immigrant Round One 9T 8.00
1968 Summer 34 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Canada The Immigrant Round Two 1T 4.00
1972 Summer 38 München Equestrianism Canada Shoeman Final Standings 43T DNQ 24.00
1972 Summer 38 München Equestrianism Canada Shoeman Round One 43T 24.00
1976 Summer 41 Montréal Equestrianism Canada Raffles II Final Standings 15T 28.00
1976 Summer 41 Montréal Equestrianism Canada Raffles II Round One 10T QU 8.00
1976 Summer 41 Montréal Equestrianism Canada Raffles II Round Two 14T 20.00

Mixed Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1968 Summer 34 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Canada CAN The Immigrant Final Standings 1 27.25
1968 Summer 34 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Canada CAN The Immigrant Round One 2 9.25
1968 Summer 34 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Canada CAN The Immigrant Round Two 1 18.00
1972 Summer 38 München Equestrianism Canada CAN Houdini Final Standings 6 8.00
1972 Summer 38 München Equestrianism Canada CAN Houdini Round One 7 QU 36.00
1972 Summer 38 München Equestrianism Canada CAN Houdini Round Two 4T 28.00
1976 Summer 41 Montréal Equestrianism Canada CAN Raffles II Final Standings 5 36.00
1976 Summer 41 Montréal Equestrianism Canada CAN Raffles II Round One 3 QU 16.00
1976 Summer 41 Montréal Equestrianism Canada CAN Raffles II Round Two 6 non-scoring 20.00
1984 Summer 50 Los Angeles Equestrianism Canada CAN Shawline Final Standings 4 20.00
1984 Summer 50 Los Angeles Equestrianism Canada CAN Shawline Round One 4T QU 8.00
1984 Summer 50 Los Angeles Equestrianism Canada CAN Shawline Round Two 3T 12.00

Men's Three-Day Event, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS SJF STP CCJF CCTP JF TF
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada Colleen Final Standings 19 -193.69
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada Colleen Dressage 30T -141.20
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada Colleen Cross-Country 19 -42.49 0.00 11.31 -40.00 -13.80
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada Colleen Jumping 2T -10.00 10 0.00
1960 Summer 26 Roma Equestrianism Canada Canadian Envoy Final Standings 10 -115.30
1960 Summer 26 Roma Equestrianism Canada Canadian Envoy Dressage 13 -100.00
1960 Summer 26 Roma Equestrianism Canada Canadian Envoy Cross-Country 17 -14.80 0 20.00 -80 45.20
1960 Summer 26 Roma Equestrianism Canada Canadian Envoy Jumping 8T -0.50 0.50 0

Men's Three-Day Event, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank PTS
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada CAN Colleen Final Standings 3 -193.69
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada CAN Colleen Dressage 7 -395.20
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada CAN Colleen Cross-Country 3 -137.52
1956 Equestrian 21 Stockholm Equestrianism Canada CAN Colleen Jumping 3 -40.00
1960 Summer 26 Roma Equestrianism Canada CAN Canadian Envoy Final Standings AC DNF -115.30
1960 Summer 26 Roma Equestrianism Canada CAN Canadian Envoy Dressage 11 -369.51
1960 Summer 26 Roma Equestrianism Canada CAN Canadian Envoy Cross-Country AC DNF
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