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Billy Fiske

Full name: William Mead Lindsley "Billy" Fiske, III
Gender: Male
Born: June 4, 1911 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 17, 1940 in Chichester, West Sussex, Great Britain
Country: USA United States
Sport: Bobsleigh

Related Olympians: Brother-in-law of Jennison Heaton.

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

From a wealthy banking family, Billy Fiske has been described as the quintessential amateur. He was educated in Europe where he played various sports and was one of the Americans chosen in 1928 to form a bobsled team. Fiske became famous as the driver of the two gold medal sleds, although he was only 16 years old when he won the 1928 gold medal. Later, on the toboggan run at St. Moritz, he became known as perhaps the greatest Cresta rider of all time. On the Cresta Run, he took the Grand National title in 1936 and 1938 and won the Curzon Cup in 1935 and 1937. Fiske worked in this country for a time, as an executive with a motion picture company But he spent much of his time in Europe and Britain, where in 1938 he married the Countess of Warwick. Billy Fiske had many British friends and when war broke out, he felt it only right to fight alongside them. He joined the Royal Air Force in 1939, the first American to do so. In August 1940, on returning from a mission, he was shot but landed his plane, only to die a few hours later. He was laid to rest in England, at Boxgrove Priory, near Chichester. The epitaph on his grave reads, "An American citizen who died that England might live." In his honor, the National AAU 4-man bobsled trophy was named the Billy Fiske Memorial Trophy.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh Men's Four/Five United States-2 USA 1 Gold
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Men's Four United States-1 USA 1 Gold

Men's Four

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Final Standings
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 1
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 2
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 3
1932 Winter 20 Lake Placid Bobsleigh United States-1 USA Run 4

Men's Four/Five

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit
1928 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Final Standings
1928 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Run 1
1928 Winter 16 Sankt Moritz Bobsleigh United States-2 USA Run 2