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John Russell

Full name: John William Russell
Nickname(s): The Colonel
Gender: Male
Born: February 2, 1920 in Dauphin, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: US Army, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

John Russell served in World War II, earning a Bronze Star and Purple Heart as a member of General George Patton’s staff, picked by Patton because of his equestrian skills. After the war, Russell, who was always called “The Colonel,” continued to compete in horse competitions, especially in Europe, including the 1948 and 1952 Olympics. He won the Aga Khan Trophy in Dublin, the Prix de Nations in Milano, and the Hamburg Trophy before settling in San Antonio in 1956, where he became Officer in Charge of the US Modern Pentathlon Team. He coached at six Olympics and 22 World Championships with the modern pentathletes. Russell was inducted into the International Show Jumping Hall of Fame in 2001 and in 2010, received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the FEI.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 28 London Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Individual United States USA 21
1948 Summer 28 London Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Team United States USA AC DNF
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Individual United States USA 24
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Team United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1948 Summer 28 London Equestrianism United States Air Mail Final Standings 21 38.25
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism United States Democrat Final Standings 24 23.00
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism United States Democrat Round One 11 7.00
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism United States Democrat Round Two 33T 16.00

Men's Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1948 Summer 28 London Equestrianism United States USA Air Mail Final Standings AC DNF 38.25
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism United States USA Democrat Final Standings 3 23.00
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism United States USA Democrat Round One 1 23.00
1952 Summer 32 Helsinki Equestrianism United States USA Democrat Round Two 8 29.25
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