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Gardner Williams

Full name: Gardner Boyd Williams
Gender: Male
Born: April 16, 1877 in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 14, 1933 in Marblehead, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Boston Athletic Association, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Biography

Gardner Williams was descended from an old Boston family. His father, Jeremiah Williams, owned Jeremiah Williams & Co., one of America’s largest wool merchants, and was, for a time, the president of the Boston Wool Trade Association. Gardner Williams eventually joined the family business and travelled extensively throughout Europe and the Middle East, and presumably, this familiarity with Europe led him to participate in the Athens Olympics of 1896, as it is noted that he paid his own expenses to Athens.

Writing in 1932 in The Sportsman, Thomas Curtis, 1896 gold medalist in the high hurdles, described Williams’s problems in the Athens swimming events. Curtis notes that the only American swimming entrant, which was Williams, jumped into the Bay of Piraeus, where the swimming events were held, to start the 100 freestyle, and found the water quite cold, proclaiming, “Jesus Christ! I’m freezing” and scrambled out of the water. The story is considered to be almost certainly apocryphal.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 18 Athina Swimming Men's 100 metres Freestyle United States USA AC
1896 Summer 18 Athina Swimming Men's 1,200 metres Freestyle United States USA AC

Men's 100 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 18 Athina Swimming United States Final AC

Men's 1,200 metres Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 18 Athina Swimming United States Final AC
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