James B. Connolly, First modern Olympic champion. The Georgia Connection, Circa 1896

J Med Assoc Ga. 1995 Jan;84(1):41-5.


As the centennial Olympic Games come to Atlanta in 1996, and the sailing venue to Savannah, it is only fitting that the first modern Olympic champion had some connection to the state of Georgia, the city of Savannah, and the art of sailing. James Brendan Connolly was not only a terrific athlete, but a noted writer and adventurer. Moreover, he was the type of man who impressed even the President of the United States with his sterling qualities. The latter serve as a shining example a century after his initial Olympic exploits.

Publication types

  • Biography
  • Historical Article
  • Portrait

MeSH terms

  • Awards and Prizes
  • Georgia
  • History, 19th Century
  • History, 20th Century
  • Track and Field / history*
  • United States

Personal name as subject

  • J B Connolly