1908, 1920, 1924
gold, silver, bronze
Lippman competed in three Olympiads for the French fencing team and won five medals during his career. An epee fencer, he first competed in the Olympics at the 1908 London Games in both the team and individual events. The French team defeated Denmark (10-6), Great Britain (12-5), and Belgium (9-7) to capture the gold medal (Lippmann competed against Denmark and Belgium). One of his teammates on the French team was Jean Stern. In the individual epee, Lippmann advanced to the finals after winning his first and second round pools and placing second in his semifinal pool. In the finals, he lost only once and captured the silver medal.
Lippman did not return to the Olympics for another 12 years as French fencers did not participate at the 1912 Stockholm Games and World War I caused the cancellation of the Olympics in 1916. Upon his return, Lippman captured two more medals at the 1920 Antwerp Olympics. He won another silver medal in the individual epee while the French captured the bronze in the team epee competition.
Lippman finished his Olympic career at the 1924 Paris Games, fencing just in the team epee events. At the age of 44, he only competed in three matches, but France was victorious in all three. In the elimination round, they defeated Sweden, 13-3, with Lippman winning three of four bouts. He then won two of four bouts in the semifinals as France defeated the United States, 10-6. In the finals, France beat Italy, Belgium, and Portugal to capture the gold medal (Lippman fenced again Italy but went winless).
Lippman is a member of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.
Birth and Death Dates:
b. 1880 - d. unknown
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
Jewish Sports Legends: The International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame, by Joseph Siegman (Washington, D.C.: Brassey's, 2000)