Joseph Winston

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJoseph•Winston
Used nameJoseph•Winston
Born15 November 1888 in Staunton, Virginia (USA)
Died12 April 1947 in Riverside, California (USA)
Measurements95 kg
AffiliationsUS Army, (USA)
NOC United States


Joseph Winston competed for the US tug-of-war team that finished fourth at the 1920 Antwerpen Olympics. Winston was in the US Army in 1920 where he was a sergeant stationed at Camp Stephen Little in Santa Cruz, Arizona. Winston also performed as a musician. His year of birth is often seen as 1883, because Winston lied about his age to join the Army. Along with William Penn, Winston was one of the early African-American Olympians for the US at the 1920 Olympics.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Tug-Of-War USA Joseph Winston
Tug-Of-War, Men (Olympic) United States 4


US Military records have year of birth as 1883, but he lied himself older in order to join US Army.