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Paul ELVSTRØM

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Denmark's Paul Elvstrøm is one of only three Olympians to win the same individual event four times in a row. He is also one of only four athletes to compete in eight or more editions of the Games.

Four consecutive victories

Elvstrøm won the Firefly sailing class in 1948. This class evolved into the Finn monotype class, which Elvstrøm then won in 1952, 1956 and 1960. After being a reserve on the Danish team in 1964, he competed in 1968 and 1972. Although he did not win a medal, he did place fourth in the 1968 Star class competition.

Father and daughter

Elvstrøm returned to the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1988 when his daughter, Trine, crewed for him, making them the only father/daughter combination to have competed together at the Games. Trine and Paul Elvstrøm were European champions in the Tornado class in 1983-84 and placed fourth in this class at the 1984 edition of the Games. Paul Elvstrøm also won 13 World Championships in seven different monotype sailing classes. He is one of only four Olympic athletes to have competed over a 40-year span.

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Paul Elvstrom Claim Back to Back Gold Medals

Paul Elvstrom wins back to back gold medals in the Finn class, adding sailing gold number three to his tally. Andre Nelis and John Marvin earn the silver and bronze medal respectively. Elvstrom went on to claim a fourth gold medal in 1960, becoming one of only three athletes to win four consecutive Olympic golds. Sailing Finn - One Person Dinghy (Heavyweight) Men's Final - Melbourne 1956 Summer Olympics - Paul Elvstrom (DEN), Andre Nelis (BEL), John Marvin (USA)
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YACHT ELVSTROM

13 AUG 1948: 20 YEAR OLD PAUL ELVSTROM OF DENMARK IS SEEN AT TORQUAY, DEVON AFTER WINNING THE FIREFLY CLASS OF THE OLYMPIC YATCHING COMPETITION. DENMARK CAME FIRST IN THE CLASS WITH A TOTAL OF 5,543 POINTS.(DA) Mandatory Credit: Allsport Hulton/Archive
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Firefly Winner

13th August 1948: Paul Elvstrom (left) of Denmark being congratulated by his compatriot Eyvin Schiottz after winning the Olympic Firefly class held in Torbay, Devon. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

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