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Tony Ralphs

Full name: Anthony Walter "Tony" Ralphs
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 146 lbs (66 kg)
Born: December 11, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: California Kayak Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Canoeing

Biography

Tony Ralphs grew up in Newport Beach and Rolling Hills, California, the grandson of the founder of Ralph’s Markets, one of the largest supermarket chains in California. Ralphs attended Long Beach State University and Stanford University and represented the California Kayak Club and the Newport Olympic Kayak Club. He raced all three kayak boats at the 1964 Olympics, K-1, K-2, and K-4. Ralphs won AAU titles in K-1 in 1964 and 1971, and won the K-2 in 1971 with Bill Leach. Ralphs was also a top distance swimmer, ranking in the top 10 in the world in 1961 in the 1,500 metre freestyle.

In the mid-1970s, Ralphs left his affluent and drove an old bus to Mexico, to work with the poor people in Tijuana. With his own money, he built a stone-block home, Hogar de los Niños, for the unwanted and un-cared for children. Ralphs had previously been an atheist but had a conversion during his work in Tijuana, and began studying for the priesthood at the Iglesia Sagrada Carazon Catholic Seminary.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres United States USA 3 h1 r2/4
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres United States USA 4 h1 r2/4
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres United States USA 4 h2 r2/4

Men's Kayak Singles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing United States Repêchage Heat One 3 5:09.14
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing United States Round One Heat Two 5 4:21.53

Men's Kayak Doubles, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing United States USA Gert Grigoleit Repêchage Heat One 1964-10-20
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing United States USA Gert Grigoleit Round One Heat Two 1964-10-20

Men's Kayak Fours, 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Date
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing United States USA Repêchage Heat Two 1964-10-20
1964 Summer 20 Tokyo Canoeing United States USA Round One Heat Two 1964-10-20
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