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John Emery

Full name: John Emery
Gender: Male
Born: January 4, 1932 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Affiliations: Laurentian Bobsleigh Association, (CAN)
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Bobsleigh

Related Olympians: Brother of Vic Emery.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Encouraged by his brother [Vic], John Emery joined in the founding of the Laurentian Bobsledding Association in 1957, but had a long history of athletics prior to this. From an early age he competed in track and field, boxing and skiing and excelled in all of them before taking up bobsledding. Practice was difficult, because the Canadian Olympic Committee refused to acknowledge the sport for many years, even refusing to send a bobsled team to the 1960 Winter Olympics due a perceived lack of interest. Thus, the Emery brothers were forced to practice in Lake Placid, New York and practice starts in dry gymnasiums. At Innsbruck, they only had four practice runs, far less than other teams who had been testing the run for weeks, but nevertheless won the gold at those 1964 Winter Games.

A doctor by trade, Emery later became a well-known plastic surgeon in San Francisco before retiring. He remained active in athletics, running the Boston Marathon in 1979 and participating in the Ironman Triathlon the following year. He now lives on a ranch in Sonoma, California, where he has launched his own wine label. He is a member of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame, as well as the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Two Canada-1 CAN 11
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Men's Four Canada-1 CAN 1 Gold

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Gordon Currie Final Standings
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Gordon Currie Run 1
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Gordon Currie Run 2
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Gordon Currie Run 3
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Gordon Currie Run 4

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Final Standings
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Run 1
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Run 2
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Run 3
1964 Winter 32 Innsbruck Bobsleigh Canada-1 CAN Run 4
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