Francis Gailey

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Francis Gailey
Personal information
Full name Francis Gailey
Nickname(s) "Frank"
Nationality  United States
 Australia (disputed)
Born (1882-01-21)21 January 1882
Brisbane, Queensland
Died 10 July 1972(1972-07-10) (aged 90)
Garden Grove, California
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle
Club Olympic Club, San Francisco

Francis "Frank" Gailey (21 January 1882 – 10 July 1972) was an Australian-born American competition swimmer who swam in the 1904 Summer Olympics held in St. Louis, Missouri. In the 1904 Olympics he won three silver medals, in the 220-yard freestyle, 440-yard freestyle and 880-yard freestyle, and a bronze medal in the one-mile freestyle.

Gailey was born in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, but later emigrated to the United States and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1906. For the 1904 Olympics, he was sponsored by the Olympic Club of San Francisco. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) officially counts Gailey's four medals for the United States,[1] although research undertaken by several Australian newspapers in 2008–09 showed that Gailey was an Australian citizen at the time.[2] In 2009, the Australian Olympic Committee stated that "Gailey's medals, newly credited to Australia, increase the nation's total at summer Olympics to 449".[3]

See also


  1., Athletes, Francis Gailey. Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  2. Harry Gordon, "Unveiled: our lost Olympic champion," Sydney Morning Herald (28 February 2009). Retrieved 26 October 2014.
  3. "Australia's lost Olympian won four medals". Australian Olympic Committee. 27 February 2009. Retrieved 26 October 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

  • Frank Gailey – Olympic athlete profile