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Louis Van Hege

Full name: Louis Marie Van Hege
Nickname(s): Luigi
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6 (168 cm)
Weight: 143 lbs (65 kg)
Born: May 8, 1889 in Uccle, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Died: June 24, 1975 in Uccle, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Affiliations: Union Saint-Gilloise,
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Football, Bobsleigh

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

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Biography

Louis Van Hege débuted on the highest level for Union Saint-Gilloise, playing for that side from 1906-10, and winning two Belgian Championships (1909, 1910). In 1910 he was discovered by the industrialist Pirelli and switched to the Italian club Milano with two other teammates. A high-scoring forward (97 goals in 88 appearances), “Luigi” Van Hege soon became one of the most popular players on the club. In 1912 he scored five goals in one match against Juventus. His career was interrupted by World War I, during which he played for the Front Wanderers, the national military team.

Van Hege returned to Union in 1919, winning his third Belgian title in 1923 and remaining with this club until his retirement in 1924. In total he played 132 matches in the Belgian First Division scoring 24 goals. That same year, 1919, he was first selected for the Belgian team, eventually earning 12 caps. He scored three goals for the Red Devils, and was a member of the winning team at the 1920 Olympics (scoring once in that tournament). Van Hege’s last international came at the 1924 Olympics, when Belgium was swept off the field by Sweden. Van Hege remained connected with Union, and served as vice-president of the club from 1952-63. He also started a second sports career in bobsleigh. After being a reserve in the 1928 Games, he competed in the two-man event at the 1932 Olympics, placing ninth.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Football Men's Football Belgium BEL 1 Gold
1924 Summer 34 Paris Football Men's Football Belgium BEL 9T
1932 Winter 42 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Men's Two Belgium-1 BEL 9

Men's Two

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit
1932 Winter 42 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Belgium-1 BEL Max Houben Final Standings
1932 Winter 42 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Belgium-1 BEL Max Houben Run 1
1932 Winter 42 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Belgium-1 BEL Max Houben Run 2
1932 Winter 42 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Belgium-1 BEL Max Houben Run 3
1932 Winter 42 Lake Placid Bobsleigh Belgium-1 BEL Max Houben Run 4

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Football Belgium BEL Final Standings 1 1920-08-28 1 0 0
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Football Belgium BEL Final Round Match 1/2 1 1920-09-02 BEL , TCH 0
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Football Belgium BEL Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1920-08-31 BEL 3, NED 0 1
1920 Summer 30 Antwerpen Football Belgium BEL Quarter-Finals Match #4 1 1920-08-29 BEL 3, ESP 1 0
1924 Summer 34 Paris Football Belgium BEL Final Standings 9T 1924-05-25 0 0 0
1924 Summer 34 Paris Football Belgium BEL Round Two Match #6 2 1924-05-29 SWE 8, BEL 1 0
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