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Wayne Frye

Full name: Wayne Thomas Frye
Gender: Male
Born: November 30, 1930 in Trinity, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 26, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Rowing

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Graduating from the Naval Academy in 1954, Wayne Frye was on the winning eight at the Olympic Games, three IRA Regattas, and two Eastern Sprints. Unlike many U.S. Naval Academy rowers, he went on to win other titles after graduation, taking national titles in both the association single sculls and the quad sculls while rowing for the Potomac BC. Frye became a career officer in the US Air Force, but also earned a masters’ degree at MIT. During the Vietnam War, he flew 266 combat missions, earning two Silver Stars, five Distinguished Flying Crosses, 15 Air Medals, and the Purple Heart.

Frye retired from the Air Force as a colonel after 22 years and went into aerospace management. He later worked for Sunstrand, Continental Airline, Leach Corp, and taught at the Maysville Community College. He was inducted into the US Naval Aviation Hall of Fame in 2012.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxed Eights United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Coxed Eights

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Final Round 6:25.9
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 6:32.1
1952 Summer 21 Helsinki Rowing United States USA Round One Heat Two 6:09.0
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