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1945 Bira

Prince Bira competed in four Olympic Games between 1956 and 1972.

This is a list of Formula One drivers who have also participated in an Olympic Games, Summer or Winter.

It is typically very rare nowadays to see sportsmen and woman competing in more than one sport over their career. Typically, these were rich people with enough time and money to allow themselves attempts at multiple sports, though now the reasons are more individual. Aside from motor racing and bobsleigh, Alfonso de Portago rode at horse racing's Grand National (held at Aintree) twice.

F1's only Olympic medalist is Alex Zanardi, who has won six handcycling Paralympic medals, including four golds, in 2012 and 2016. De Portago is the best of the other drivers, scoring a fourth place in his only Olympic bobsleigh outing in 1956 (and winning a World Championship bronze in 1957).

Twice have F1 drivers directly completed against each other. Prince Bira and Roberto Mieres both took part in the Star class Sailing event in Rome 1960, while Bob Said and Robin Widdows played their part in the four-man Bobsleigh event in Grenoble 1968.

DriversEdit

Note: Able-bodied Olympics unless stated.

Name Olympics No. of Olympics
Attended
Sport
Class/Event
G S B
Thailand Prince Bira Summer 4
Australia Melbourne 1956
Italy Rome 1960
Japan Tokyo 1964
Germany Munich 1972
Sailing
Star (1956–1960)
Dragon (1964)
Tempest (1972)
0 0 0
Spain Alfonso de Portago Winter 1
Italy Cortina d'Ampezzo 1956
Bobsleigh
Two-man
0 0 0
United Kingdom Divina Galica Winter 4
Austria Innsbruck 1964
France Grenoble 1968
Japan Sapporo 1972
France Albertville 1992
Alpine Skiing (1964–1972)
Downhill
Speed Skiing (1992)
(demonstration)
0 0 0
Argentina Roberto Mieres Summer 1
Italy Rome 1960
Sailing
Star
0 0 0
Netherlands Ben Pon Summer 1
Germany Munich 1972
Shooting
Skeet
0 0 0
United States Bob Said Winter 2
France Grenoble 1968
Japan Sapporo 1972
Bobsleigh
Four-man
0 0 0
United Kingdom Robin Widdows Winter 2
Austria Innsbruck 1964
France Grenoble 1968
Bobsleigh
Four-man
0 0 0
Italy Alex Zanardi Summer
Paralympics
2
United Kingdom London 2012
Rio 2016
Handcycling
Time trial H4/H5
Road race H4/H5
Mixed team relay H1–4/H2–5
4 2 0

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