Harold David Goldsmith
1952, 1956, 1960
Goldsmith, an outstanding foil fencer, competed in three Olympiads for the United States. At the 1952 Helsinki Games, Goldsmith competed in the team foil event and the U.S. reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated.
At the 1956 Melbourne Olympics, Goldsmith competed in both the individual and team foil events. Whereas he was eliminated from the individual competition in the first round (he finished fifth in his pool and only the top four fencers advanced to the semifinals), Goldsmith helped lead the U.S. to the finals in the team event. In the final pool, the U.S. finished fourth after losing to France, Italy, and Hungary. Goldsmith competed in all three matches.
At the 1960 Rome Games, Goldsmith and the U.S. reached the final round, but lost to Italy, 9-0, and officially finished in fifth place in the team foil competition. Among Goldsmith's teammates at all three Olympiads were International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame members, Albert Axelrod and Daniel Bukantz.
While a student at CCNY (City College of New York), Goldsmith won the 1952 NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) foil championship. He also captured the gold in the individual foil, and team foil at the 1951 Pan American Games, and the silver medal in the team epee and team foil at the 1955 Pan American Games. A member of the City University class of 1952, Harold was inducted into the CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. July 20, 1930 - d. March 13, 2004
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, July 21-August 2, 1952
New York Times, November 23-December 8, 1956