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Paul Costello

Born: Dec 27, 1894

Death: Apr 17, 1986

Birthplace: Philadelphia

Nationality: United States

Paul Costello

Date of Birth : Dec 27, 1894
Date of Death : Apr 17, 1986
Birth Place : Philadelphia

Paul Vincent Costello was an American triple Olympic Gold Medal winner in rowing. He was the first person to win a gold medal in the same event, double sculls, at three consecutive Olympics. He also won numerous national titles in both the single and double scull in the 1920s. Costello won the double sculls race with his cousin John B. Kelly, Sr., also known as Jack Kelly at the 1920 Olympics in Antwerp, Belgium, and the 1924 Olympics in Paris. Costello repeated his winning ways at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam with a new partner Charles McIlvaine. Historically, Costello has been overshadowed somewhat by Kelly who was also a triple Olympic gold medalist, having won both the single and double scull at the 1920 games, along with the double sculls at the 1924 games. Kelly gained additional fame as the father of Grace Kelly, actress and Princess of Monaco, and John B. Kelly, Jr., an accomplished oarsman in his own right. Costello and Kelly both rowed for the Vesper Boat Club of Philadelphia.

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