Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Munich 1972
Games Results Sport Event
Munich 1972
#16 QR Athletics Discus Throw
Mexico City 1968
Games Results Sport Event
Mexico City 1968
#6 Athletics Discus Throw
Tokyo 1964
Games Results Sport Event
Tokyo 1964
#12 Athletics Discus Throw
Rome 1960
Games Results Sport Event
Rome 1960
#7 Athletics Discus Throw
Melbourne 1956
Games Results Sport Event
Melbourne 1956
#1
Athletics Discus Throw

Olga FIKOTOVA-CONNOLLY

United States of America
Athletics
Height
180 cm / 5'11''
Weight
80 kg / 176 pounds
Birth date
13 Nov 1932 Prague, Czech Republic
Gender
Female

Number of medals

1 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

5 Olympic Games

Olga FIKOTOVA-CONNOLLY biography

Olga Fikotová, a student at the Charles University of Medicine in Prague, took the Czech discus title in 1955 and 1956 and then went on to win the Olympic gold medal with a new Games record of 176-1 (53.67). Her much-publicized romance with Hal Connolly, who won the hammer throw for the U.S., captured more headlines than her Olympic victory. The two were subsequently married and, as an American citizen, she represented the U.S. at the next four Olympics. Olga Connolly won five AAU titles between 1957 and 1968 and, at the Olympics, she finished seventh in 1960, 12th in 1964, and then sixth in 1968. Four years later, as a 39-year-old mother of four children, she came out of retirement and showed the best form of her long career. After having a new U.S. record of 177-5 (54.07) disallowed on a technicality at the beginning of 1972, she officially beat Earlene Brown’s 12-year-old record with a throw of 179-2 (54.61) in early May, and then improved the record to 185-3 (56.46) later in the month. At the 1972 Olympics, Olga Connolly did not maintain her early season form. She was selected to carry the U.S. flag at the 1972 Opening Ceremony, however, and was preoccupied during those Games with promoting the Olympics as a forum for world peace. Olga and Hal Connolly were divorced in the mid-70s but one of their sons became a national-caliber javelin thrower and decathlete, and one of their daughters played on the U.S. national volleyball team.

Personal Best: DT – 189-0 (57.61) (1972).

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