You Are Here > SR/Olympics > Athletes > Alfred Flatow

Alfred Flatow

Full name: Alfred Flatow
Gender: Male
Born: October 3, 1869 in Gdańsk, Pomorskie, Poland
Died: December 28, 1942 in Terezín, Ústecký kraj, Czech Republic
Affiliations: Berliner Turnerschaft
Country: GER Germany
Sport: Gymnastics

Related Olympians: Cousin of Gustav Flatow.

Medals: 3 Gold, 1 Silver (4 Total)

Biography

Flatow began his athletic career in 1888, appearing mostly as a gymnast, but also as a weightlifter or track and field athlete. His first major international competition was at an Italian gymnastics festival in 1895, followed by the Olympics a year later. In Athens, he won two titles with the German team on the parallel bars and horizontal bar, and added individual medals in the same events. A gymnastics teacher since 1890, he started writing books about his sport in the early 20th century. In 1933, Flatow was forced to "voluntarily" end his gymnastics club membership, as he was Jewish. A co-founder of the Jewish Gymnastics Club, he was nevertheless honoured at the 1936 Olympics, where all German Olympic champions were invited. In 1938, he fled the increasingly anti-Semitic Germany to live in the Netherlands, where his cousin and 1896 team mate Gustav Flatow also lived. The German occupation of the Netherlands meant renewed persecution, and on 3 October 1942, he was deported to the Theresienstadt concentration camp – in spite of appeals by the highly placed gymnastics official Christian Busch. He starved to death there before the end of the year. Since 1987, the German Gymnastics Federation awards the Flatow Medal, remembering both Alfred and Gustav, to be awarded for excellent all-around performances.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault Germany GER AC
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars Germany GER 1 Gold
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars, Teams Germany GER 1 Gold
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar Germany GER 2 Silver
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar, Teams Germany GER 1 Gold
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Men's Rings Germany GER AC
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Men's Pommelled Horse Germany GER AC

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Germany Final Standings AC

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Germany Final Standings 1

Men's Parallel Bars, Teams

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Germany GER Final Standings 1

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Germany Final Standings 2

Men's Horizontal Bar, Teams

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Germany GER Final Standings 1

Men's Rings

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Germany Final Standings AC

Men's Pommelled Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 26 Athina Gymnastics Germany Final Standings AC