St. Louis' Gold Medalist Olympians

Not only did these area athletes win sports' highest honor, but they also won a medal whose tradition started here.

Ray Armstead, Track & Field
4x400 relay

1984 Los Angeles Olympics

Northwest High in St. Louis

Lori Chalupny, Soccer, (also World Cup in 2014)

2008 Beijing Olympics

Nerinx Hall

Ken Flach, Tennis

Doubles w/SIU-Edwardsville teammate Rob Seguso (both won two Wimbledon titles)

1988 Seoul Olympics

Kirkwood

Hal Haenel, Sailing

1992 Barcelona Olympics (Silver, 1988 Seoul Olympics)

Webster Groves

Dawn Harper-Nelson, Track & Field

100-meter hurdles (Silver, 2012 London Olympics)

2008 Beijing Olympics

East St. Louis High

Tom Jager, Swimming 

1984, 1988, 1992, relay (seven medals overall), Collinsville

Al Joyner, Track & Field

Triple jump

1984 Los Angeles Olympics East St. Louis

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Track & Field

Heptathlon, 1988 Seoul Olympics, 1992 Barcelona Olympics

Long jump, 1988,Seoul Olympics

Competed in four Olympics, 6 medals, Sports Illustrated named her ‘Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century’

East St. Louis

Leon Spinks, Boxing

Light heavyweight

1976 Montreal Olympics

(Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1978, defeating Muhammad Ali)

St. Louis

Michael Spinks, Boxing

Middleweight

1976 Montreal Olympics

)Light Heavyweight Champion of the World; and Heavyweight Champion of the World, 1985, defeated Larry Holmes)

Becky Sauerbrunn, Soccer 

Soccer

2012 London Olympics (World Cup Champion in 2014)

Ladue Horton Watkins High School

Scott Touzinsky, Volleyball

Volleyball

2008 Beijing Olympics

Oakville, Vianney

Jo Jo White, Basketball

Basketball

1968 Mexico City Olympics 

(Boston Celtics, two NBA championships, inducted to Basketball Hall of Fame, 2015)

McKinley High, St. Louis.  

© 2016 St. Louis Sports Commission

©2017 St. Louis Sports Commission. Historic images are courtesy of the Missouri History Museum unless otherwise noted.