List of Michigan Sports Figures - Olympics


  • Dathan Ritzenhein, 2008 Olympic Marathon Qualifier in at Beijing 2008 Summer Olympics (born in Grand Rapids)
  • Avery Brundage, International Olympic Committee Chair 1952–72 (born in Detroit)
  • Richard Callaghan, Olympic figure skating coach (lives in Detroit)
  • Henry Carr, double gold medalist in track at the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics (born in Detroit)
  • Rex Cawley, gold medalist in the 400 meter hurdles – Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics (born in Farmington)
  • Edward Crook, Jr., gold medalist in middleweight boxing at the Rome 1960 Summer Olympics (born in Detroit)
  • Dick Degener, gold medalist in diving Berlin 1936 Summer Olympics (born in Birmingham)
  • Brian Lee Diemer, bronze medalist in steeplechase at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics (born in Grand Rapids)
  • Andre Dirrell, middleweight boxing bronze medalist at the Athens 2004 Olympics (born in Flint, Michigan)
  • Steve Fraser, gold medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics (born in Hazel Park)
  • Alex Izykowski, bronze medalist in 5000 meter relay ice skating at Turin 2006 Olympics (born in Bay City)
  • Hayes Jones, gold medalist in the 110-meter hurdles at the Tokyo 1964 Summer Olympics (born in Starkville, Mississippi; raised in Pontiac)
  • Karch Kiraly, three time Olympic gold medalist and the only person to win Olympic gold medal in both indoor volleyball (at both the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics and Seoul 1988 Olympics) and in beach volleyball (at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics) (born in Jackson, Michigan)
  • Shelly Looney, member of the gold medal-winning women's hockey team at the Nagano 1998 Olympics (born in Trenton)
  • Steve McCrory, gold medalist for flyweight boxing at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics (born in Detroit)
  • Carley Piper, member of the gold medal-winning US Women's 4x200 Swimming Freestyle Relay at the Athens 2004 Olympics (born in Grosse Pointe)
  • William Porter, Olympic gold medalist in 110 meter hurdles – London 1948 Summer Olympics (born in Essex Township)
  • Norbert Schemansky, the only weightlifter to win four Olympic medals—1948 silver; 1952 gold; 1960 bronze; and 1964 bronze (born in Detroit; resident of Grosse Pointe Farms
  • Clark Scholes, Olympic gold medalist in 100 meter freestyle swimming at the Helsinki 1952 Summer Olympics (born in Detroit)
  • Lindsay Tarpley, soccer player and member of the gold-medal winning Athens 2004 Olympics team, one of only two college students on the team (she was attending Western Michigan University (born in Madison, Wisconsin, raised in Kalamazoo)
  • Eddie Tolan, double Olympic gold medalist in track in both the 100 and 200 meter sprint at the Los Angeles 1932 Summer Olympics, and the first black athlete to win two Olympic gold medals (born in Denver, Colorado; raised in Detroit)
  • Peter Vanderkaay, member of the gold medal-winning US Men's 4x200 swimming Freestyle Relay at the Athens 2004 Olympics (born in Rochester)
  • Mark Wells, member of the Miracle on Ice gold medal hockey team at the Lake Placid, New York 1980 Olympics (born in Saint Claire Shores)
  • Charlie White, ice dancer, Olympic silver medalist and World silver medalist (born in Royal Oak)
  • Jordyn Wieber, an artistic gymnast competing at the 2012 Summer Olympics (born in DeWitt)
  • Lorenzo Wright, gold medalist in 440-meter relay at the London 1948 Summer Olympics (born in Detroit)
  • Wendy Wyland, bronze medalist in platform diving at the Los Angeles 1984 Olympics (born in Jackson)
  • Sheila Young, skater and first American to win three medals in the winter games—a bronze, silver and gold—at the Innsbruck 1976 Winter Olympics (born in Birmingham)

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