Alumni Stories

Charlie Capozzoli (F’53)

Olympian, 1952 Helsinki Games

Location: Philodemic Room, Healy Hall, Georgetown University
Interviewer/Producer: Anneliesa Clump Alprin (G’06)
Editor: Lisa Fthenakis (C’10) Charlie Capozzoli

Capozzoli is one of America’s greatest long-distance runners. In high school, he joined the track team. By distinguishing himself as a champion runner, he received a number of college scholarships. He chose Georgetown and, as a college student, continued to nurture his love for running. At the age of 18, Capozzoli started training for the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. There, he set a new American record for the 5,000-meter race, though it wasn’t enough to qualify him for the finals. In 1952, Capozzoli won the NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Championship for Georgetown.

On April 22, 2009, Capozzoli was inducted into the legendary New York Athletic Club’s Hall of Fame. He enjoyed a long and successful athletic career, highlighted by his defeat of the Irish champion distance runner, John Joe Barry, one of the fastest men in the world. In addition to running, Capozzoli wrote a book, Run to Win, Love and Sacrifice, about his experiences as a young Italian-American boy growing up in New York City. His second book is called A Love Story. Capozzoli has also worked in sales at Carte Blanche.

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