Paul Costello

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Paul Costello
Charles McIlvaine and Paul Costello 1928.jpg
McIlvaine and Costello (right) at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Full name Paul Vincent Costello
Born December 27, 1894
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died April 17, 1986 (aged 91)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb)
Sport Rowing
Club Penn AC, Philadelphia

Paul Vincent Costello (December 27, 1894 – April 17, 1986) was an American triple Olympic Gold Medal winner in rowing. He was the first rower 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.[1]

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.[1]

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.[1]

Achievements and awards[edit]

  • Gold Medal, Double Scull, 1920 Olympic Games
  • Gold Medal, Double Scull, 1924 Olympic Games
  • Gold Medal, Double Scull, 1928 Olympic Games
  • Member, United States Rowing Hall of Fame, Double Scull, (elected 1956)


  1. ^ a b c "Paul Costello". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC.