Biography of Ray Ewry (1873-1937)

American athlete, born in Lafayette (Indiana) on October 14, 1873, and died in Douglaston (New York) on September 27, 1937. Ewry was the undisputed champion in the form of jumps without momentum, who left practice at the London Games in 1908. Ewry won eight gold medals at the Olympic Games in 1900, 1904 and 1908, and two more in the 1906 games in Athens, which were not officially recognized by the International Olympic Committee. He/She was fifteen times champion of the United States.

Started in this sport after becoming ill from polio, which threatened to have him in a Chair for rudas's lifetime. Prescripion of the doctor who recommended you exercise for recovery, became rather obsessive, gaining a stronghold that not only allowed him to return to walking, but also run faster and jump higher than others. He/She was a student at Purdue, where he/she graduated in civil engineering. He/She later moved to New York, where he/she joined the famous Club Atl├ętico New York, where he/she met coach Mike Murphy.En 1900, a U.S. team composed mostly by college students from Pennsylvania, Princeton and Yale, and by members of the C.A. New York, traveled to Paris to participate in the second modern Olympic Games. Ewry, with 27 years took three gold medals on the same day: in jump height without career he/she flew over the bar located at 1.65 m, beating his own record world by 1.27 cm, then won the long jump without career with 3,21 m, and last gold reaped it in the triple jump in length without race with Olympic record (10.59 m).

In the Saint Louis games in 1904 he/she repeated their successes without career jumps, holding the world record for the long jump at 3.76 m He/She defeated Joseph Stadler, whose silver was the first Olympic medal achieved by a black athlete in track and field in high jump. Again, in 1906, Ewry equaled their successes in the jumping height and length, although the triple jump was already eliminated from the Olympics. In 1908, in London, he/she won last time jumps for height and length without race, withdrawing from the competition. These tests were played for the last time in 1912.

Ewry continued to play an active role in athletics, usually as a judge in several competitions. Continued to reside in New York, where he/she had a successful career as a civil engineer. He/She died on 29 September 1937 at the age of 63.