Tommy Godwin, 1948 Olympic medallist and London 2012 ambassador, dies at age of 91

Man who won bronze in kilo and team pursuit would go on to coach GB team and become British Cycling Federation President

by Simon_MacMichael   November 4, 2012  

Tommy Godwin at the 2012 APPCG ride

Tommy Godwin, double Olympic medallist in London in 1948 and ambassador and torchbearer for the 2012 Games this summer, has died at the age of 91. Godwin won bronze medals in the kilo and team pursuit at the Herne Hill Velodrome in the 1948 Games.

The build-up to London 2012 saw Godwin, possessed of an energy that belied his years, make regular media appearances in which he talked about those exploits. The former Solihull Cycling Club President also carried the Olympic torch through the West Midlands town this July.

After retiring from competition, Godwin would go on to manage the British track cycling team at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, and would also become president of the British Cycling Federation.

British Cycling’s current President, Brian Cookson, said: "Tommy Godwin represented all that is great about our sport. A true gentleman who achieved great things as a competitor, a coach and an administrator. Our sport is privileged to have been associated with him."

Godwin, who was born in the United States to British parents – his family moved back here when he was a boy – had been due to celebrate his 92nd birthday tomorrow, but passed away on Saturday at the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull.

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At least he was able to witness a British cyclist win the Tour de France and a hugely successful Olympic/Paralympic medal haul for GB athletes on home soil before he died. Chapeau Tommy.

2012 interview with him on the Comic's website here.

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posted by Simon E [2375 posts]
4th November 2012 - 13:32


Chapeau indeed.

Boardman CX Team '14 | Cannondale CAAD8 '12 (written off, SMIDSY) | Scott Sportster '08

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posted by Gizmo_ [1224 posts]
5th November 2012 - 12:23


Not to be confused with the Tommy Godwin b.1912 d.1975 who rode 75,065 miles (120,805 km) in 1939 !!

posted by zoxed [63 posts]
8th November 2012 - 12:56