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Bill Steinkraus

Full name: William Clark "Bill" Steinkraus
Gender: Male
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Weight: 150 lbs (68 kg)
Born: October 12, 1925 in Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Equestrianism

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

Bill Steinkraus was one of the first members of the American Pony Club before he took up show jumping in 1938. He first joined the U.S. Equestrian Team (USET) in 1951 and won a bronze medal in his Olympic debut the following year. He was appointed captain of the USET in 1955 and held the post until his retirement in 1972. He later became president of the USET. His successes around the world are too numerous to itemize in full, but apart from his Olympic medals he twice won gold medals in the team event at the Pan American Games in 1959 with Frank Chapot, Hugh Wiley, and George Morris and 1963 with Mary Mairs, Frank Chapot, and Kathy Kusner and also won silver medals in individual jumping in 1959 and with the team in 1967, which consisted of the same members as four years before. His greatest achievement came in 1968 when he made history by becoming the first U.S. competitor to win an individual gold medal in an Olympic equestrian event. In all, he competed at five Olympic Games and was prevented from making a sixth appearance when his horse went lame at the last minute in Tokyo in 1964. Steinkraus, who graduated from Yale, was an accomplished amateur musician and worked as a book editor.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Individual United States USA 11
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism Men's Jumping, Team United States USA 3 Bronze
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 15T
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 5
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 15T
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 2 Silver
1968 Summer 43 Ciudad de México Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 1 Gold
1972 Summer 46 München Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Individual United States USA 22T DNQ
1972 Summer 46 München Equestrianism Mixed Jumping, Team United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism United States Hollandia Final Standings 11 13.25
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism United States Hollandia Round One 2T 4.00
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism United States Hollandia Round Two 24 9.25

Mixed Jumping, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism United States Night Owl Final Standings 15T 28.00
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism United States Night Owl Round One 20T 20.00
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism United States Night Owl Round Two 10T 8.00
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism United States Riviera Wonder Final Standings 15T 37.50
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism United States Riviera Wonder Round One 27T 24.00
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism United States Riviera Wonder Round Two 10 13.50
1968 Summer 43 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States Snowbound Final Standings 1 4.00
1968 Summer 43 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States Snowbound Round One 1T 0.00
1968 Summer 43 Ciudad de México Equestrianism United States Snowbound Round Two 1T 4.00
1972 Summer 46 München Equestrianism United States Snowbound Final Standings 22T DNQ 12.00
1972 Summer 46 München Equestrianism United States Snowbound Round One 22T 12.00

Men's Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism United States USA Hollandia Final Standings 3 13.25
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism United States USA Hollandia Round One 1 23.00
1952 Summer 26 Helsinki Equestrianism United States USA Hollandia Round Two 8 29.25

Mixed Jumping, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Horse Phase Unit Rank F
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism United States USA Night Owl Final Standings 5 28.00
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism United States USA Night Owl Round One 6 72.25
1956 Equestrian 30 Stockholm Equestrianism United States USA Night Owl Round Two 3 32.00
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism United States USA Ksar d'Esprit Final Standings 2 21.50
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism United States USA Ksar d'Esprit Round One 2 29.00
1960 Summer 34 Roma Equestrianism United States USA Ksar d'Esprit Round Two 3 37.00
1972 Summer 46 München Equestrianism United States USA Main Spring Final Standings 2 4.00
1972 Summer 46 München Equestrianism United States USA Main Spring Round One 2 QU 16.25
1972 Summer 46 München Equestrianism United States USA Main Spring Round Two 1T 16.00