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Olga Fikotová-Connolly

Full name: Olga Fikotová-Connolly
Gender: Female
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: November 13, 1932 in Prague, Hlavní město Praha, Czech Republic
Affiliations: RH Praha, Praha (CZE) / Spartan Women's Athletic Club, (USA) / Los Angeles Mercurettes, Los Angeles (USA)
Country: TCH Czechoslovakia, USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Hal Connolly.

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

Olga Fikotová, a student at the Charles University of Medicine in Prague, took the Czech discus title in 1955 and 1956 and then went on to win the Olympic gold medal with a new Games record of 176-1 (53.67). Her much-publicized romance with Hal Connolly, who won the hammer throw for the U.S., captured more headlines than her Olympic victory. The two were subsequently married and, as an American citizen, she represented the U.S. at the next four Olympics. Olga Connolly won five AAU titles between 1957 and 1968 and, at the Olympics, she finished seventh in 1960, 12th in 1964, and then sixth in 1968. Four years later, as a 39-year-old mother of four children, she came out of retirement and showed the best form of her long career. After having a new U.S. record of 177-5 (54.07) disallowed on a technicality at the beginning of 1972, she officially beat Earlene Brown’s 12-year-old record with a throw of 179-2 (54.61) in early May, and then improved the record to 185-3 (56.46) later in the month. At the 1972 Olympics, Olga Connolly did not maintain her early season form. She was selected to carry the U.S. flag at the 1972 Opening Ceremony, however, and was preoccupied during those Games with promoting the Olympics as a forum for world peace. Olga and Hal Connolly were divorced in the mid-70s but one of their sons became a national-caliber javelin thrower and decathlete, and one of their daughters played on the U.S. national volleyball team.

Personal Best: DT – 189-0 (57.61) (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Women's Discus Throw Czechoslovakia TCH 1 Gold OR
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics Women's Discus Throw United States USA 7
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics Women's Discus Throw United States USA 12
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics Women's Discus Throw United States USA 6
1972 Summer 39 München Athletics Women's Discus Throw United States USA 16 QR

Women's Discus Throw

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D BMD
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round 1 OR 53.69
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round One 6 46.56
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Two 4 50.09 50.09
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Three 2 OR 52.04 52.04
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Four 2 52.28 52.28
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Five 1 OR 53.69 53.69
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Final Round Round Six NP 49.98
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round 1 QU 50.77
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round Round One 21 28.60
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round Round Two 1 50.77 50.77
1956 Summer 24 Melbourne Athletics Czechoslovakia Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round 7 50.95
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round One 6 50.95
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 7 47.46 50.95
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 7 48.82 50.95
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round 10 QU 48.32
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One NP foul
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 10 48.32 48.32
1960 Summer 27 Roma Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round 12 51.58
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round One 7 51.21
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 11 foul 51.21
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 12 51.58 51.58
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round 6 QU 53.17
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 6 49.99
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 5 53.17 53.17
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP pass
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Standings 6 52.96
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round One NP foul
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Two 6 52.96 52.96
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Three 6 50.74 52.96
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Four 6 foul 52.96
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Five 6 foul 52.96
1968 Summer 35 Ciudad de México Athletics United States Final Round Round Six NP 50.40
1972 Summer 39 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round 16 51.58
1972 Summer 39 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round One 10 51.58
1972 Summer 39 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Two 13 foul 51.58
1972 Summer 39 München Athletics United States Qualifying Round Round Three NP foul