Were the 1912 Stockholm Olympics affected in any way by the disaster?

Dan Kappes

Aug 17, 2009
Apple Valley, Minnesota, United States
Did any potential athletes perish or did any relatives and friends of athletes competing in the games perish in the sinking?

Did the sinking of the Titanic cause as much shock and change in the world in 1912 like 9/11 did in 2001?

Were there any memorial services for the Titanic victims at the games?
Nov 14, 2005
I've never read of any connection to the olympic games but I'm sure there is probably some in the 6 degrees of seperation thing. The only thing I know of that affected competitive sports was the Titanic victim Washington Augustus Roebling II. He was a racecar driver and engineer.

If your interested in the 1912 games this site is pretty good.
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Dave Gittins

Mar 16, 2000
I know of only two small connections with the Olympics.

Sir Cosmo Duff Gordon had won silver for fencing at the 1906 Olympics (now unofficial according to the IOC). He helped organise the British team in 1908. He may have been involved in 1912 if he felt up to it and his attendance at the inquiry allowed time.

Richard Norris Williams was a tennis player who nearly lost his legs through frostbite. He recovered and made a big name for himself, winning national titles and gold in mixed doubles at the 1924 Olympics. In 1912 he had no reputation and wouldn't have been picked for the 1912 games.
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