Franz Kugler

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 3
Total 4
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFranz Xaver•Kugler
Used nameFranz•Kugler
Other namesFrank Kugler
Born29 March 1879 in Altenmarkt, Cham, Bayern (GER)
Died7 July 1952 in St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 75 kg
AffiliationsSouthwest Turnverein, St. Louis (USA)
NOC United States
Nationality Germany


Franz Kugler was a member of the St. Louis Southwest Turnverein team that finished third in the tug-of-war. He also medalled in weightlifting and wrestling, making him the only man to have ever won medals in three different sports at one Olympic Games. Kugler worked as a brewer in St. Louis. Although born in Germany, he became a US citizen in 1913, and he did not speak English at the time of the 1904 Olympics. The International Olympic Committee lists him as American in 1904, as he was entered from the St. Louis Southwest Turnverein.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal Nationality As
1904 Summer Olympics Tug-Of-War USA GER Franz Kugler
Tug-Of-War, Men (Olympic) St. Louis Southwest Turnverein #2 3 Bronze
Weightlifting USA GER Franz Kugler
Unlimited, Two Hands, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
All-Around Dumbbell Contest, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Wrestling USA GER Franz Kugler
Heavyweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver