Sports Physician - Athlete 1876-1877


Greek fencer Ioannis Georgiadis (1876-1960) won gold with the saber at the 1896 Olympics in Athens. With a bit of luck, by the way, because originally he had lost his first match against the Austrian Adolph Schmal (1872-1919). But the game had to be redone because the Greek royal family came in too late and this time Georgiadis won, as he did in all of his next matches. Due to an injury he could not defend his Olympic title four years later in Paris. In 1906 he won the sabre event at the unofficial Games of Athens and also silver in the team event with Greece. His third and final performance was the 1924 Olympics in Paris. After studying Medicine he specialized in Forensic Medicine and Toxicology and he was nominated Professor in that specialization at the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.


American Frank Castleman (1877-1946) won the silver medal in the 200m hurdles at the 1904 Olympics in St Louis. But he was also an excellent baseball and American football player. He graduated as a doctor from Colgate University in 1906, but he was mainly involved in coaching different sports.


André Corvington (1877-1918) was a Haitian fencer and physician who competed in the individual foil event at the 1900 Olympics in Paris. He died on 13 December 1918 at the front in Reims in France, Marne due to the unreasonable hygienic conditions in the military hospital. He was posthumously honored with the degree of Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur (Knight of the Legion of Honour).


Raymond Etherington-Smith (1877-1913) won the coxed eights with the British team at the 1908 Olympics in London. He graduated as a doctor and specialized in Surgery. He practiced in London's St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he also became anatomy teacher. Ironically he died at the age of 36 of a blood poisoning after surgery on a patient with lung gangrene.