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John Schmitt

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn Victor•Schmitt
Used nameJohn•Schmitt
Born23 December 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)
Died13 June 1991 in Largo, Florida (USA)
Measurements171 cm / 74 kg
AffiliationsPennsylvania Barge Club, Philadelphia (USA)
NOC United States


At only 5-7¼ (1.71) and 165 lbs. (75 kg.), John Schmitt is one of the smallest U.S. Olympic rowers ever. In 1928 he represented the Penn Barge Club and partnered Paul McDowell at the Olympic Games. Both won the bronze medal in the coxless pairs event.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Rowing USA John Schmitt
Coxless Pairs, Men (Olympic) Paul McDowell 3 Bronze

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1928 Summer Olympics 2 August 1928 Rowing Coxless Pairs, Men Round One, Heat Two 8:06.4 1
1928 Summer Olympics 6 August 1928 Rowing Coxless Pairs, Men Quarter-Finals, Heat Two 7:12.0 1