Name: James Connolly
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump
DOB: 10/28/1868
Birthplace: Boston, Mass.
Hometown: Boston, Mass.
College: Harvard University
Olympic Experience
  • Two-time Olympian (1896, 1900); four-time Olympic medalist (1 gold, 2 silvers, 1 bronze)
  • Athens 1896, gold (triple jump), silver (high jump), bronze (long jump)
  • Paris 1900, silver (triple jump)
Personal: Dropped out of formal education before high school, yet earned a scholarship to study at Harvard University following a period of self-tuition...Had to jump onto a moving train to make it to Athens prior to the Olympic Games Athens 1896...With his win in the triple jump, Connolly became the first Olympic gold medalist of the modern Olympic Games....Served with the 9th Massachusetts Infantry at the Siege of Santiago in 1898...Attended the Olympic Games St. Louis 1904 as a journalist for the Boston Globe...Published more than 200 short stories and 25 novels through his literary career.