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John O'Neil

Full name: John Thomas O'Neil
Gender: Male
Height: 5-9.5 (177 cm)
Born: October 4, 1898 in Faulkton, South Dakota, United States
Died: March 25, 1950 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rugby

Medals: 2 Gold (2 Total)

Biography

John O'Neil was from a wealthy Texas oil family and attended Santa Clara University, where he learned his rugby. He was one of the organizers and provided much of the finance for the U.S. rugby tours of Europe in 1920 and 1924 and on both occasions he was rewarded with a gold medal. At the Paris Olympics, O'Neil had recently undergone an operation for appendicitis and early in the game, a kick in the stomach opened the scar from his operation. No substitutions were allowed and O'Neil knew that to come out would leave the U.S. a man short, so he courageously played the entire game.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rugby Men's Rugby United States USA 1 Gold
1924 Summer 25 Paris Rugby Men's Rugby United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Rugby

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result Position PTS T GFM P DG C
1920 Summer 21 Antwerpen Rugby United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-09-05 USA 8, FRA 0 0 0 0 0 0
1924 Summer 25 Paris Rugby United States USA Round-Robin Match #2 1 1924-05-11 USA 37, ROU 0 Forward 0 0 0 0 0
1924 Summer 25 Paris Rugby United States USA Round-Robin Match #3 1 1924-05-18 USA 17, FRA 3 Forward 0 0 0 0 0
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