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Celebrities in Olympics

 
 
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Reply Mon 5 Nov, 2007 04:17 pm
I'm aware that George Patton competed in the Olympics, as did Niels Bohr's brother and Princess Anne. Johnny Weismuller, Sonja Henie and Buster Crabbe were also Olympic athletes.

Are there any other celebrities, not famous as athletes, who played in an Olympics?
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Noddy24
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2007 08:31 am
I think Princess Anne and her horse competed one year.
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sozobe
 
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Reply Tue 6 Nov, 2007 08:48 am
Geena Davis almost made it -- got to the semi-finals.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/427770.stm
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YellowRosebud
 
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Reply Sun 11 Nov, 2007 07:32 pm
I didn't know that about Geena Davis. What an interesting article.... and to think she had only taken up the sport two years ago. Wonder if she has her sights on 2008.
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noinipo
 
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Reply Mon 12 Nov, 2007 07:08 pm
Dick Pound
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A former vice president of the International Olympic Committee, Pound was also a double finalist in swimming at the 1960 Olympics in Rome and won gold, two silvers and a bronze medal for Canada at the 1962 Commonwealth Games in Australia.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 08:12 pm
Noddy24 wrote:
I think Princess Anne and her horse competed one year.


Yes. it was 1968.
She was the only female athlete that need not make the gender test.
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fbaezer
 
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Reply Mon 17 Dec, 2007 08:15 pm
But Anne is far from being the only Olympic Royal.

The Greek and Spanish royal families have among them:

* Crown Prince, later King Constantine of Greece, gold in the Dragon in 1960
* King Juan Carlos of Spain, his brother-in-law, who competed in 1972
* Crown Prince Felipe of Spain, his son, sixth in the Soling in 1992
* Princess Cristina, daughter of Juan Carlos, who competed in Tornado in 1988
* Iñaki Urdangarín, Spanish handballer, who won bronze in 1996, fifth in 1992, who met Princess Christina in 1992, and married her in 1997, which did not prevent him from continuing to play handball and win a second bronze medal in 2000.
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noinipo
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 07:59 am
Antwerp, 1920: In a 30-minute span, American Jack Kelly rowed to victories in the single and double sculls. Kelly added a third gold in 1924. Five years later, he had a daughter, Grace, who starred in such Hitchcock classics as "Dial M for Murder," "Rear Window" and "To Catch a Thief" before becoming the Princess of Monaco. Jack's son, John Kelly Jr., also took to the water, rowing at four Olympics.
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http://universalsports.nbcsports.com/articles/inside_sport/189?sport_id=17
Paris, 1924: The U.S. men's eight won gold in Paris by nearly 16 seconds ahead of the Canadians. In the American boat was Benjamin Spock, who became a pediatrician and in 1945 authored "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care," which sold more than 45 million copies.
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Melbourne, 1956: American John Kelly Jr., the brother of Grace Kelly and son of three-time Olympic rowing champion Jack Kelly, won bronze in the Melbourne single sculls event. Although he never matched his father's Olympic success, Junior was an accomplished rower in his own right, twice winning the prestigious Henley Royal Regatta in England.
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noinipo
 
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Reply Tue 18 Dec, 2007 11:58 am
At the time the Brits were bloody snobs. Running an empire will do that to you.
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At the time, the Henley regatta, which is held annually on the Thames river in Henley, England, was the most prestigious event in rowing. Kelly's application was rejected in part because he had done manual labor as a bricklayer. The rejection became widely publicized. This led Kelly to seek and gain redemption by going to the 1920 Summer Olympics which he had originally not planned to attend.
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_B._Kelly%2C_Sr.
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