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EWRY Ray

Ray EWRY

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Ray Ewry won eight Olympic gold medals in 1900, 1904 and 1908, yet he is almost unknown today because his unprecedented feats were performed in events that are no longer held: the standing high jump, the standing long jump and the standing triple jump.

From wheelchair to jumping

Born 14 October 1873, Ewry contracted polio as a young boy. Confined to a wheelchair, it was thought that he might be paralysed for life. However, he began exercising on his own and grew up to be a superb athlete. Ewry won all three standing jump events at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris. He defended all three titles in 1904. The standing triple jump was dropped from the Olympic program in 1908, but Ewry won both the standing high jump and the standing long jump for a third time. All standing jumps were dropped from the Olympic programme after 1912.

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Ray Ewry

23rd July 1908: Ray Ewry of the USA in action during the Standing High Jump event at the 1908 London Olympics, for which he won the gold medal. He also won a gold medal for the Standing Long Jump. He dominated these discontinued events and the discontinued Standing Triple Jump, winning eight Olympic gold medals between 1900 and 1908, and two more at the 'Intercalated' Olympics of 1906. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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Ray Ewry

US athlete Ray Ewry, 20th July 1908. Ewry won the gold medal for the (standing) high jump at the London Olympics of 1908. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Drawing of Ray Ewry of the USA clearing the bar in the Standing High Jump event

13-25 Jul 1908: Drawing of Ray Ewry of the USA clearing the bar in the Standing High Jump event during the 1908 Olympic Games in London. Ewry won the gold medal in this event. \ Mandatory Credit: IOC Olympic Museum /Allsport
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7th July 1908: Ray Ewry of the USA in practice at the 1908 London Olympics. He won the gold medal for the Standing High Jump, as well as a gold medal for the Standing Long Jump. He dominated these discontinued events and the discontinued Standing Triple Jump, winning eight Olympic gold medals between 1900 and 1908, and two more at the 'Intercalated' Olympics of 1906. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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Standing Jump

1st July 1908: Ray Ewry of the USA in action during a practice for the Standing High Jump at the 1908 London Olympics, for which he won the gold medal. He also won the gold medal for the Standing Long Jump. He dominated these discontinued events and the discontinued Standing Triple Jump, winning eight Olympic gold medals between 1900 and 1908, and two more at the 'Intercalated' Olympics of 1906. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
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Ewry Jumps

July 1908: US athlete Ray Ewry (1873 - 1937), at the Olympic Games held in London in 1908. A practitioner of the now arcane standing jumps, Ewry earned everlasting fame by winning a record ten Olympic gold medals in the Standing High Jump, Standing Triple Jump and Standing Long Jump. (Photo by Topical Press Agency/Getty Images)
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 1.57
    Athletics
    high jump, standing men
    G 3.33
    Athletics
    long jump, standing men
  • G 3.47
    Athletics
    long jump, standing men
    G 1.6
    Athletics
    high jump, standing men
    G 10.54
    Athletics
    triple jump, standing men
  • G 1.655
    Athletics
    high jump, standing men
    G 3.21
    Athletics
    long jump, standing men
    G 10.58
    Athletics
    triple jump, standing men

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