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Jacques Forestier

Full name: Jacques Ernest Forestier
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 172 lbs (78 kg)
Born: July 27, 1890 in Aix-les-Bains, Savoie, France
Died: March 17, 1978 in Paris, Paris, France
Affiliations: SCUF, Paris (FRA)
Country: FRA France
Sport: Rugby

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Born into a medical family, his father Henri Forestier was a director at the therapeutic spas in Aix-les-Bains. He was awarded the Croix de Guerre and made a commander of the Légion d'honneur for his bravery in the First World War as a field doctor. Whilst completing his medical studies he excelled for the university rugby team and was called up to play for the hastily put together French team for the 1920 Antwerp Games. Forestier was also an excellent swimmer and skier.

It was in the field of medicine however that Forestier was to excel. Working with the neurologist Jean-Athanase Sicard, he pioneered radiodiagnosis in neurology with the discovery of the use of Lipidol and is also remembered for his introduction of gold salts as a remedy for rheumatoid arthritis. Forestier has the unusual distinction for an Olympian of having a disease name after him – Forestier’s disease is a degenerative spinal arthritis found predominately in elderly men.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Rugby Men's Rugby France FRA 2 Silver

Men's Rugby

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result Position PTS T GFM P DG
1920 Summer 29 Antwerpen Rugby France FRA Final Round Match 1/2 2 1920-09-05 USA 8, FRA 0 Forward 0 0 0 0 0
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