Biography:

Before he was legally an adult, George Genereux was already the Junior North American Champion (1951) and a silver medalist at the Senior World Championships (1952), the same year he made his only Olympic appearance at Helsinki 1952. On the first day of competition he earned 95 points, tying him for second place with Sweden’s Knut Holmqvist and Czechoslovakia’s Frantisek Capek, just one point behind leaders Hans Aasnaes of Norway and Hans Liljedahl of Sweden. On day two he scored 97 points, while Aasnaes (89), Capek (93) and Liljedahl (94) all dropped. The last remaining challenger, Holmqvist, needed a perfect round of 25 to tie the Canadian but missed on his 24th shot, giving Genereux Canada’s only gold of the Games. At 17 years and 148 days, he is Canada’s youngest male Olympic medallist ever.