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Oscar Schwab

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameOscar Joseph•Schwab
Used nameOscar•Schwab
Born24 June 1882 in Paris, Paris (FRA)
Died24 August 1955 in Berlin, Berlin (GER)
Measurements173 cm
NOC United States


Oscar Schwab was born in Paris but attended school in Switzerland from 1892-97. His mother was Swiss but he was legally adopted by his mother’s second husband, who was American, and he gained US citizenship himself in July 1900 after residing for several years in California. It is not clear if he stayed in the US thru 1912 or made intermittent trips to America, one of which would have been for the 1904 Olympic Games, although it is known that he traveled throughout Europe from 1905-09, and likely lived in Berlin in 1909-10.

As a cyclist most of his record occurred in Europe. He competed in the World Championships in the sprint in 1905-06, at the famous sprint international, the Grand Prix de Paris, in 1906-07, and was Swiss sprint champion in 1907. He married in Berlin in 1912, got divorced in 1926 and traveled to the United States in the same year. In 1927 he married again in New York.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Cycling Track (Cycling) USA Oscar Schwab
¼ mile, Men (Olympic) 3 h2 r1/3