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Sam Vance

Full name: Samuel Goodwin "Sam" Vance
Gender: Male
Born: March 30, 1879 in Hickson, East Zorra, Oxford, Ontario, Canada
Died: May 16, 1947 in Tillsonburg, Ontario, Canada
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Shooting

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Samuel Vance won his first Canadian trap shooting championship in 1912 and, by the time he was selected to represent his nation at the 1920 Summer Olympics, had numerous Ontario provincial, national, and international tournament victories to his name. The 1920 Games were a disappointment for the much-heralded shooter: he placed fifth in the team event (alongside George Beattie, William Hamilton, Ben McLaren, James Montgomery, and True Oliver) and failed to medal individually. Four years later, however, he won a silver medal in the team competition, with Beattie, Montgomery, William Barnes, John Black, and Samuel Newton, and was joint-sixth individually. This team also came in third at that year’s British Championships. He continued to participate in, and win, tournaments through the 1930s. Most notably, he became the first Canadian to tie for first place in the prestigious Grand American Handicap in 1935, but lost the shoot-off to J. B. Royall of the United States. By career he was a wholesaler of seeds and he has been inducted into the Trapshooting (1971), Ontario Trapshooting (1981), and Tillsonburg Sports (2006) Halls of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Men's Trap Canada CAN AC
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Men's Trap, Team Canada CAN 5
1924 Summer 45 Paris Shooting Men's Trap Canada CAN 6T
1924 Summer 45 Paris Shooting Men's Trap, Team Canada CAN 2 Silver

Men's Trap

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit PTS
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 71
1924 Summer 45 Paris Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 96

Men's Trap, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP IP
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 5 474 82
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Round 1 NP 51
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Round 2 NP 54
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Round 3 NP 76
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Round 4 NP 71
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Round 5 NP 99
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Round 6 NP 93
1920 Summer 41 Antwerpen Shooting Canada CAN Round 7 NP 30
1924 Summer 45 Paris Shooting Canada CAN Final Standings 2 360 89