Olympians

Walter Red | Mormon Olympians

A participant in the 1964 Tokyo Games, Walter Red was a famous Mormon who threw the longest javelin but only came 9th in the games. Despite this, he went on to have a successful career in the field of robotics for Brigham Young University as well as becoming a mechanical engineer that was renowned the world over. His baptism took place four years after the games, in 1968.

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Teri Walker | Mormon Olympians

The life story of this famous Mormon athlete was truly inspirational. Before the 1988 games in Calgary, Teri Walker was informed by doctors that she had contracted multiple sclerosis and that she would soon be unable to walk. However, rather than let the disease get the better of her this celebrity Mormon athlete quickly learned how to ski and soon became one of the greatest competitors for the disabled Winter Olympics, winning a Gold medal before her horrible disease could take away her mobility. However, the disease never beat Walker who has yet to require the use of a wheelchair some twenty years later. This famous Mormon athlete maintains an active presence in the LDS Church.

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Robert Detweiler| Mormon Olympians

Robert Detweiler was the famous Mormon athlete who competed at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. As a Naval officer, he was competing in the rowing event in which he took home the Gold for his country. During his lifetime he worked as a scientist after retiring from the Navy. A cultured man of great physical prowess, Detweiler was a legendary celebrity Mormon athlete and the pride of his home state of Illinois.

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Richard George | Mormon Olympians

A Brigham Young University graduate, famous Mormon athlete Richard George competed in the Javelin at the 1976 Olympics at Montreal. He returned to finish his Masters at Harvard and went into business, where he had a productive and successful career.

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Phil Tollestrup | Mormon Olympians

A Olympian Basketball player, famous Mormon athlete Phil Tollestrup towered at over six feet tall and cut an intimidating figure on the world stage. He finished his 1976 Olympics showing as the third top scorer, and was closed out of earning a medal with his team placing fourth overall. Celebrity Mormon basketball player Tollestrup then moved into coaching for various High School teams, and has been inducted into four Hall of Fames related to the sport, including Canada.

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Peter Vidmar | Mormon Olympians

Having captured two golds and a silver medal from the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, Peter Vidmar brought glory to the States on their home soil in the Gymnastics event, with this celebrity Mormon gymnast scoring a perfect 10 rating on the pommel horse. His average scores levelled out at 9.89, the highest for any male American gymnast in the history of the event.

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Mark Schultz | Mormon Olympians

One of the greatest wrestlers in American history, Schultz was undefeated in the country and when he competed for the olympics he took home the gold. His accomplishments in world championships cemented the reputation of this famous Mormon wrestler in the sport forever.

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Maggie Chan-Roper | Mormon Olympians

An athlete representing Hong Kong, Maggie Chan-Roper appeared at two Olympic games, the 2000 Syndey Games and the 2004 Athens Games. Even with a bleeding ulcer, this committed famous Mormon athlete managed to qualify and while she was unable to seize a medal due to her condition, this celebrity Mormon athlete set a standard for commitment that other athletes could follow.

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L. Jay Silvester | Mormon Olympians

A perfectionist who built upon his performances to set world records, Jay Silvester’s event was the Discus where he broke the sixty metre barrier before going on to break the 70 metre barrier. He competed at four Olympics, and despite holding the records at the time he was unable to secure Gold. One of this celebrity Mormon’s trademarks was his wild leg swing prior to the throw, which likely played a factor in his long distance throws. He continued to improve on his record and mentored Mac Wilkins who went on to earn Gold.

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Kresimir Cosic | Mormon Olympians

1968 Mexico City’s Olympics played host to famous Mormon Kresimer Cosic who competed in basketball for Yugoslavia. Though he would only earn Silver in this competition he successfully guided his team to Gold 12 years later in Moscow.

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