In celebration of Father’s Day, we look at more than 50 U.S. Olympian fathers whose children also competed for Team USA.
Among this group are multi-generational medalists such as swimmers Gary Hall Sr. and Gary Hall Jr. and ice hockey players Bill and Dave Christian. There also are a few father/son and father/daughter duos who competed together, such as sailor Owen Churchill and his daughter, Tony.
Stan Benham won the silver medal in both two- and four-man bobsled at Oslo 1952. His son, Reg Benham, competed in the four-man at Innsbruck 1964.
Sailor William Earl Buchan won the gold medal in Star class with Steven Erickson at Los Angeles 1984, while his son, William Carl Buchan, won the gold medal that year in Flying Dutchman.
Cross-country skier John H. Caldwell competed at Oslo 1952 and later coached the U.S. cross-country ski team at five Olympic Games. His son, Tim Caldwell, is a four-time Olympic cross-country skier. John’s granddaughter, Sophie Caldwell, competed in cross-country skiing at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018.
Michael Carter won the silver medal in the men’s shotput at Los Angeles 1984 and became the first person ever to win an Olympic medal and Super Bowl ring in the same year. His daughter, Michelle Carter, at Rio 2016 became the first U.S. woman to win the gold medal in shotput.
Middle-distance runner Matt Centrowitz is a two-time Olympian. His son, Matt Centrowitz Jr., also competed in the 1,500-meter run, finishing fourth at London 2012 and then winning the gold at Rio 2016, the first U.S. runner to win that event since 1908.
Bill Christian was a member of the 1960 U.S. Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Team that won gold at Squaw Valley. Twenty years later, his son, Dave Christian, was a member of the Miracle on Ice hockey team that won the gold at Lake Placid 1980. Bill’s brother, Roger Christian, also was a member of the 1960 ice hockey team and another brother, Gordon Christian, was a member of the 1956 ice hockey team that won the silver medal.
Sailor Owen Churchill won the gold medal in the eight-meter class on the boat Angelita at Los Angeles 1932. Four years later, at Berlin 1936, the crew for his boat included his daughter, Tony Churchill.
Ski jumper Jim Denney competed at Innsbruck 1976 and Lake Placid 1980. His son, also Jim Denney, competed in ski jumping at Torino 2006.
Cross-country skier Mike Devecka is a three-time Olympian. His daughter, Kirstin Holum, competed in speedskating at Nagano 1998. Kirstin’s mom, Dianne Holum, is a two-time Olympic speedskater and won four Olympic medals.
Fencer Warren Dow competed in two Olympic Games. His son, Robert Dow, competed in team sabre at Munich 1972. Warren’s wife, Helen Mrocckowska, also is an Olympic fencer.
Rower Dick Dreissigacker competed at Munich 1972. His daughters, Hannah and Emily Dreissigacker, are Olympic biathletes; Hannah competed at Sochi 2014 and Emily at PyeongChang 2018. Dick’s wife, Judy Geer, is a two-time Olympic rower.
Cross-country skier Stan Dunklee is a two-time Olympian. His daughter, Susan Dunklee, competed in the biathlon at Sochi 2014 and PyeongChang 2018. Stan’s brother, Everett Dunklee, also is an Olympic cross-country skier.
Erich Fischer competed in men’s water polo at Barcelona 1992. His daughters Aria and Makenzie Fisher won gold medals in women’s water polo at Rio 2016. At just 17 years old, Aria became the youngest U.S. woman to win a gold medal in a team sport.
John Foster is a six-time Olympian, competing five times in sailing and once as a bobsledder. On three occasions, he competed with his son, John Foster Jr., in the two-person Keelboat class.
Swimmer Gary Hall Sr. is a three-time Olympian, winning two silver medals and one bronze, and also was the U.S. flagbearer at the Montreal 1976 Closing Ceremony. His son, Gary Hall Jr., also is a three-time Olympian, winning 10 medals (five gold) and is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.
Hurdler Glenn Hardin won the silver medal in the men’s 400-meter hurdles at Los Angeles 1932 and the gold at Berlin 1936. In an unusual twist, Hardin’s silver-medal run set a new world record; gold medalist Bob Tisdall knocked down a hurdle and while he still finished first and won gold, it disqualified him from world-record consideration. Hardin’s son, Billy Hardin, competed in the 400 hurdles at Tokyo 1964.
Wrestler Dave Hazewinkel competed at Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972. His son, Sam Hazewinkel, wrestled at London 2012. Dave’s twin brother, Jim Hazewinkel, also is a two-time Olympian.
Sailor William Horton Sr. competed with his son William Horton Jr. and his daughter Joyce Horton in the Dragon class at Helsinki 1952.
Equestrian Charles “Champ” Hough won the bronze medal in eventing at Helsinki 1952. His daughter, Lauren Hough, competed in team jumping at Sydney 2000.
Charles Jenkins Sr. won gold medals in the men’s 400-meter run and the men’s 4×400-meter relay at Melbourne 1956. His son, Chip Jenkins, won gold as a reserve in the men’s 4×400 relay at Barcelona 1992, the first time in Olympic history that father and son won gold in the same event.
Decathlete Rafer Johnson won the silver medal at Melbourne 1956 and the gold at Rome 1960. He is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. His daughter, Jenny Johnson-Jordan competed in beach volleyball at Sydney 2000.
Rower Jack Kelly Sr. won two gold medals at Antwerp 1920 and another gold at Paris 1924. His son, Jack Kelly Jr., is a four-time Olympic rower, winning the bronze medal at Melbourne 1956. Jack Jr. briefly served as president of the U.S. Olympic Committee before dying of a heart attack. Kelly Sr. and Kelly Jr. are members of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.
Mike Liapis coached the 2002 U.S. Olympic Women’s Curling Team in Salt Lake City, where his daughters, Stacey Liapis and Kari Erickson, competed in women’s curling. Stacey Liapis also competed at Nagano 1998.
Fencing was the Makler family sport. Paul Makler Sr. competed at Helsinki 1952, while his son Paul Makler Jr. competed at Munich 1972 and his daughter, Brooke Makler, competed at Montreal 1976.
Robert Martin competed in the four-man bobsled at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936. His son, Pat Martin, won the gold medal in the four-man bobsled at St. Moritz 1948 and silver in the two-man and the four-man bobsled at Oslo 1952. Another son, Leo Martin, competed in bobsledding at St. Moritz 1948.
Greg Massialas is a three-time Olympic fencer and later became coach of the U.S. senior foil team. His son, Alexander Massialas, is also a fencer and won one silver medal and one bronze at Rio 2016. His daughter, Sabrina Massialas, is also a fencer and has competed at the Youth Olympic Games.
Butch May was a member of the 1968 U.S. Olympic Men’s Volleyball Team. His daughter, Misty May-Treanor, is a four-time Olympian and won three gold medals in women’s beach volleyball. She is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.
Shooter Jim McNally is a two-time Olympian and his son, John McNally, is a five-time Olympic shooter.
Skier Jack Nagel competed at Oslo 1952 and his daughter, Judy Nagel, skied at Grenoble 1968.
The Nelsen family were Olympic cyclists. Chester Nelsen Sr. competed at Amsterdam 1928, his son, Chester Nelsen Jr., competed at London 1948, and his grandson Don Nelsen, competed at Tokyo 1964.
Cyclist Jim Ochowicz competed at Munich 1972 and is a member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. His daughter, Elli Ochowicz, is a three-time Olympic speedskater. Jim’s wife, Sheila Young-Ochowicz, a speedskater, is the first U.S. athlete to win three medals in a single Olympic Winter Games, at Innsbruck 1976.
James O’Rourke Sr. was a canoeist at Berlin 1936. His son, James O’Rourke Jr., was a canoeist at Tokyo 1964.
Cyclist Davis Phinney won the bronze medal in the men’s team time trial at Los Angeles 1984. His son, Taylor Phinney, is a three-time Olympic cyclist. Davis’s wife, Connie Carpenter-Phinney, is an Olympic speedskater and cyclist, winning the gold medal in the women’s individual road race at Los Angeles 1984; she is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame.
Gymnast Fred Roethlisberger competed at Mexico City 1968. His son, John Roethlisberger, is a three-time Olympic gymnast. His daughter, Marie Roethlisberger, was also a gymnast and was an alternate at Los Angeles 1984.
Swimmer Joe Ruddy won gold medals in the men’s 4×50-yard relay and water polo at St. Louis 1904. His son, Ray Ruddy, was also a swimmer and competed at Amsterdam 1928.
Ed Sampson was a member of the U.S. Men’s Ice Hockey Team that won the silver medal at Cortina d’Ampezzo 1956. His son, Gary Sampson, was a member of the U.S. team at Sarajevo 1984.
Thomas Scott was 71 years old when he competed in archery at St. Louis 1904. His daughter, Lida Scott Howell, won three gold medals in archery at St. Louis 1904.
Speedskater Jack Shea won two gold medals at Lake Placid 1932 and is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. His son, Jim Shea Sr., competed in Nordic combined and cross-country skiing at Innsbruck 1964. Jim’s son, Jimmy Shea Jr., recited the athlete’s oath at Salt Lake City 2002 and won gold in men’s skeleton.
Sailor Paul Smart won the gold medal in Star class with his son, Hilary Smart, on the boat Hilarius. Paul Smart later managed the U.S. sailing team at Mexico City 1968 and Munich 1972.
William Smoke was a canoeist at Tokyo 1964 and his son, Jeff Smoke, was a canoeist at Athens 2004. William’s wife, Marcia Jones Smoke, is a three-time Olympian and won the bronze medal in the women’s K-1 500-meter race at Tokyo 1964.
Bob Suter was a member of the Miracle on Ice hockey team that won the gold medal at Lake Placid 1980. His son, Ryan Suter, is a two-time Olympic hockey player, winning the silver medal at Vancouver 2010. Bob’s brother, Gary Suter, also is a two-time Olympic hockey player, winning one silver medal.
At St. Louis 1904, 50-year-old Hugo Toeppen competed in wrestling and his son, Manfred Toeppen won the bronze medal in men’s water polo.
Cyclist John Vande Velde is a two-time Olympian and a member of the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame. His son, Christian Vande Velde, competed in cycling at Beijing 2008.
Sailors Gene Walet Jr. and his son, Gene Walet III, competed at Melbourne 1956. Gene Walet III also competed at Rome 1960.
Alan Washbond won the gold medal in two-man bobsled at Garmisch-Partenkirchen 1936. His son, Bud Washbond, is a two-time Olympic bobsledder.
Gymnast Gregor Weiss competed at Tokyo 1964. His son, Michael Weiss, is a two-time Olympic figure skater and is a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.
Shooter Lones Wigger Jr. is a four-time Olympian, winning one gold medal and one silver at Tokyo 1964 and one gold at Munich 1972. He is a member of the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Hall of Fame. His daughter, Deena Wigger, competed in shooting at Seoul 1988.
The Wofford family were equestrians. John W. Wofford competed at Los Angeles 1932 and coached the U.S. team at Helsinki 1952. His son, Jimmy Wofford, is a three-time Olympian and won two silver medals. Another son, Jeb Wofford, won one bronze medal.
Gymnast Wayne Young competed at Montreal 1976. His son, Guard Young, won the silver medal in men’s team gymnastics at Athens 2004.
Rower Robert Zagunis competed at Montreal 1976. His daughter, Mariel Zagnuis, is a four-time Olympic fencer and won the gold medal in women’s individual saber at Athens 2004 and Beijing 2008. Mariel Zagunis also was the U.S. flagbearer at the London 2012 Opening Ceremony.