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Josef Petersen

Full name: Josef Petersen
Gender: Male
Born: September 16, 1881 in Næstved, Sjælland, Denmark
Died: November 22, 1973 in Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Country: DEN Denmark
Sport: Art Competitions

Medals: 3 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Josef Petersen is the only Olympic Games art competitor who won a medal at three consecutive Games. He was a Danish writer who often used antique or medieval motifs between 1910 and 1949. He was the son of a vicar and a maternal grandson of the Norwegian poet Johann Sebastian Welhaven. In his lifetime Petersen was better known for his work as a journalist and foreign correspondent. Although he has never been fully recognized by Danish literary historians, his work was respected by contemporary critics for its knowledge of and identification with Antique cultures. Therefore it is quite amazing that he won his Olympic Medals using antique Greek athlete motifs. He was always interested in sports and athletics and took part in the last Danish duel in 1913.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 42 Paris Art Competitions Mixed Literature Denmark DEN 2T Silver
1932 Summer 50 Los Angeles Art Competitions Mixed Literature Denmark DEN 2 Silver
1948 Summer 66 London Art Competitions Mixed Literature, Epic Works Denmark DEN 2 Silver

Mixed Literature

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1924 Summer 42 Paris Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings 2T Euryale
1932 Summer 50 Los Angeles Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings 2 The Argonauts

Mixed Literature, Epic Works

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank Title
1948 Summer 66 London Art Competitions Denmark Final Standings 2 The Olympic Champion
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