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Carl Schutte

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 2
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameCarl Otto•Schutte
Used nameCarl•Schutte
Born5 October 1887 in Kansas City, Missouri (USA)
Died24 June 1962 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
AffiliationsSt. Louis Cycling Club, St. Louis (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Although Carl Schutte never won a national championship, he deserves acclaim among American cyclists as being the first individual cycling medalist who raced against foreign competition. A small, very thin rider, Schutte was from Kansas City but he represented the St. Louis Cycling Club. He won the final Olympic trials by three minutes over Walden Martin after having trailed Martin at the Western regionals. At the Olympics, Schutte never led and as early as the 120 km. mark he was 13 minutes behind eventual winner, Rudolph Lewis of South Africa. However he never was worse than sixth at any check point, and with only 55 km. remaining, he was second. But he was passed by one rider near the end and his time of 10-52:38.8 for 200 miles gave him third place individually and led the U.S. to the team bronze.

After the Olympics ended, Schutte joined four friends and they cycled in the Swiss Alps before returning to American. Schutte’s career was in the family lumber business. Schutte never stopped riding his bicycle recreationally and when the 1932 Olympics came to Los Angeles, he came out of retirement, when he was 44-years-old, and rode in some of the regional qualifying tryouts for the Olympic team and made it to the final trials in San Francisco.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1912 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) Road Race, Individual, Men Olympic 3 Bronze USA Carl Schutte
  Road Race, Team, Men Olympic United States 3 Bronze