George Calnan

George Charles Calnan (January 18, 1900 – April 4, 1933) was a United States Navy officer who also competed for the United States as a fencer.[1] Competing in four Summer Olympics,[2] he earned three bronze medals (Individual épée: 1928, Team foil: 1932, Team épée: 1932)[3]

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George Calnan
Medal record
Men's fencing
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1928 Amsterdam Epee, individual
Bronze medal – third place 1932 Los Angeles Foil, team
Bronze medal – third place 1932 Los Angeles Epee, team

A native of Boston, Massachusetts, Calnan did not start fencing until he was a student at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. By the time he was a senior, he was captain of the Navy's fencing team. Two years later, Calnan competed for the US at the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris where he finished tied for fifth in the team épée competition. Calnan took the Olympic Oath at the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

Calnan was among the 73 fatalities of the USS Akron crash in 1933. He had a lieutenant's rank at the time of the crash.

He was posthumously inducted in the US Fencing Hall of Fame in 1963, among the first inductees.


  1. ^ "George Calnan". Olympedia. Retrieved 12 August 2021.
  2. ^ "George Calnan". Archived from the original on 2010-10-13. Retrieved 2010-03-29.
  3. ^ "Olympics Statistics: George Calnan". Retrieved 2010-03-29.

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