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John B. Kelly, Sr.

Rowing

Local

One of the most accomplished oarsmen in rowing history

Father of Grace Kelly, actress and later Princess of Monaco

Father of John Kelly Jr., also an accomplished Olympic rower

Had 126 consecutive race victories in single scull

6 time U.S. National Champion in the single scull

Applied to race in the Diamond Sculls at the Henley Royal Regatta, the most prestigious event in rowing (1920)

His application was rejected in part because he had done manual labor as a bricklayer and because of his association with the Vesper Boat Club which organizers had deemed breached their rules on amateurism back in 1905

This widely reported and controversial decision contributed to his popularity

Extracting a measure of revenge, he would beat the Diamond Sculls winner later that year at the Olympic Games in a dramatic race by one second

Would become one of the closest races in Olympic rowing history

Only rower to win both the single scull and double scull at the same Olympics (1920)

First rower to win three Olympic Gold Medals

Olympic Gold Medalist in the Single Sculls

  • Summer Games in Antwerp (1920)

2 time Olympic Gold Medalist in the Double Sculls

  • Summer Games in Antwerp (1920)
  • Summer Games in Paris (1924)

USA Rowing’s Jack Kelly Award named in his honor

 

Given to an individual who represents the ideals that Kelly exemplified including superior achievement in rowing, service to amateur athletics, and success in their chosen profession

 

Statue erected in his honor along the Schuylkill River (1965)

 

Inducted into the USA Rowing Hall of Fame (1956)

 

Inducted into the USA Olympic Hall of Fame (1990)

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