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George Eyser

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 2
Bronze 1
Total 6
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameGeorge Louis•Eyser
Used nameGeorge•Eyser
Other namesGeorg Ludwig Friedrich Julius Eÿser
Born31 August 1870 in Dänisch-Nienhof, Schwedeneck, Schleswig-Holstein (GER)
Died6 March 1919 in Denver, Colorado (USA)
Measurements170 cm
AffiliationsConcordia Turnverein, St. Louis (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

George Eyser was a member of the Concordia Turnverein in 1904 and is probably one of the most amazing stories to emerge from any Olympic Games. In the 12-event All-Around competition he placed 71st individually despite having finished 10th in the nine event all-around. He finished last in the other three events of the triathlon – 100 yard dash, long jump and shot put, pulled down mostly by his 13-foot long jump and 15.4 time for the dash. But those marks don’t look so bad in another context, for George Eyser competed with a wooden leg. Nothing of the circumstances of the loss of his limb is known. Eyser arrived in America, from Germany, at the age of fourteen and settled in Denver, Colorado before moving to St. Louis where he worked as a book-keeper for a construction company. Eyser became a US citizen in 1894. He was a member of the Concordia team which won an international meet in Frankfurt, Germany in 1908, and also won the National Turnfest in Cincinnati in 1909.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) USA George Eyser
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 71
Individual All-Around, Field Sports, Men (Olympic) 118
Individual All-Around, 4 Events, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Individual All-Around, Apparatus Work, Men (Olympic) 10
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) Concordia Turnverein, St Louis 4
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =1 Gold
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Rope Climbing, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Side Horse, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver

Special Notes