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Jacob Tullin Thams

Full name: Jacob Tullin Thams
Nickname(s): Tulla
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Born: April 7, 1898 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Died: July 27, 1954 in Oslo, Oslo, Norway
Affiliations: Ready, Oslo (NOR) / KNS, Oslo (NOR)
Country: NOR Norway
Sport: Ski Jumping, Sailing

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Jacob Tullin Thams was probably the world’s best ski jumper in the mid 1920s, but on the national level the first national ski jumping championship was held in 1933, the same year a competition for ski jumpers was introduced at Holmenkollen. Before that, he had to compete in Nordic combined on the national level. After his Olympic victory in 1924, Thams won the Holmenkollen ski jumping part of Nordic Combined four years in a row (1924-27), winning the so-called Ladies’ Cup, but as a mediocre cross-country skier his best placing in the Holmenkollen Nordic Combined was a modest 14th in 1924. After winning the 1926 World Ski Jumping Championship, he was favored to defend his gold medal at the 1928 Winter Olympics. Thams was third after the first jump behind his countrymen Alf Andersen and Sigmund Ruud. The Swiss home favorites demanded more speed in the inrun for the second round. After strong discussions the Swiss jumpers got their will, and the hot-tempered Thams, provoked by the Swiss skiers, who accused the Norwegians of cowardness, instead of making a safe jump for a medal, gave all he had and landed at 73 meters, almost 10 meters longer than any other jump in the competition. But he fell, as he had no chance to remain standing at that length, and ended as 28th in the final results.

After his skiing career he competed in sailing, and was a member of the Norwegian team in the 8-metre class that won the silver medal at Berlin in 1936. He then became the second athlete with medals from Summer and Winter Games, with American Eddie Eagan being the first with gold medals in boxing in 1920 and bobsleigh in 1932. Thams was awarded the Holmenkollen medal in 1926.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Winter 25 Chamonix Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Norway NOR 1 Gold
1928 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Men's Normal Hill, Individual Norway NOR 28
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Mixed 8 metres Silja NOR 2 Silver

Men's Normal Hill, Individual

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS D J1S J2S J3S
1924 Winter 25 Chamonix Ski Jumping Norway Final Standings 1 18.960
1924 Winter 25 Chamonix Ski Jumping Norway Jump 1 1 OB 18.793 49.0 18.625 18.875 18.880
1924 Winter 25 Chamonix Ski Jumping Norway Jump 2 1 OB 19.127 49.0 19.125 19.125 19.130
1928 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Norway Final Standings 28 12.562 11.187 13.687 12.812
1928 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Norway Jump 1 NP 56.5
1928 Winter 29 Sankt Moritz Ski Jumping Norway Jump 2 NP OB 73.0

Mixed 8 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date PTS T
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Final Standings 1936-08-04 53
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race One 1936-08-04 8 2-15:07
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race Two 1936-08-05 10 2-14:20
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race Three 1936-08-06 9 2-13:50
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race Four 1936-08-07 5 3-34:17
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race Five 1936-08-08 6 2-46:57
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race Six 1936-08-09 7 3-02:33
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race Seven 1936-08-10 8 2-38:10
1936 Summer 38 Berlin Sailing Silja NOR Race-Off 2/3 1936-08-12 2-18:20