Ferdinand Bie

Ferdinand Reinhardt Bie (16 February 1888 – 9 November 1961) was a Norwegian track and field athlete. At the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm he won the silver medal in pentathlon.[1] On winner Jim Thorpe's subsequent disqualification for having played semi-professional baseball in 1913, Bie was declared Olympic champion, but refused to accept the gold medal from the IOC.[2] In 1982 Thorpe was reinstated as champion by the IOC; however, Bie was still listed as co-champion[3] until the IOC announced 15 July 2022 that Thorpe's gold medal had been reinstated and Bie became the silver medalist.[4]

Ferdinand Bie
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Bie at the 1912 Olympics
Personal information
Born(1888-02-16)16 February 1888
Drammen, Buskerud, Norway
Died8 November 1961(1961-11-08) (aged 73)
Kristiansand, Vest-Agder, Norway
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
SportPentathlon, long jump, hurdles
ClubOslo IL
Medal record

He also finished eleventh in the long jump, and competed in 110 metres hurdles and decathlon, but failed to finish.[5] He became Norwegian champion in long jump in 1910 and 1917[6] and in 110 m hurdles in 1910.[7]


  1. ^ "Ferdinand Bie". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 April 2021.
  2. ^ Jim Reisler (26 November 2008). Cash and Carry: The Spectacular Rise and Hard Fall of C.C. Pyle, America's First Sports Agent. McFarland. pp. 60–. ISBN 978-0-7864-5262-0.
  3. ^ International Olympic Committee medal database
  4. ^ Gonzalez, Isabel (15 July 2022). "Jim Thorpe reinstated as winner of the 1912 Olympics pentathlon and decathlon gold medals". CBS Sports. Retrieved 16 July 2022.
  5. ^ Norwegian international athletes – B Archived September 28, 2007, at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  6. ^ Norwegian championships in long jump Archived February 5, 2008, at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  7. ^ Norwegian championships in 110 metres hurdles Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)

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