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Carl Osburn

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 5
Silver 4
Bronze 2
Total 11
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameCarl Townsend•Osburn
Used nameCarl•Osburn
Born5 May 1884 in Jacksontown, Ohio (USA)
Died28 December 1966 in St. Helena, California (USA)
Measurements180 cm
AffiliationsUS Navy, (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Among American male Olympians, Carl Osburn trails only Michael Phelps, through 2016, in terms of Olympic medals won, and only Mark Spitz, Matt Biondi, Phelps, and fellow shooters Willis Lee and Lloyd Spooner won more medals at one Olympics than the six Osburn won at the 1920 Olympics.

Competing in three Olympics (1912-24), Osburn won five gold, four silver and two bronze medals, for 11 in all. Osburn attended the US Naval Academy, graduating in 1906. He then launched a career as a career officer in the Navy, which eventually saw him reach the rank of Commander before retiring in 1939. In 1915, he became a member of the crew of the USS Mayflower, the Presidential yacht until 1931. When the United States entered World War II, Osburn returned to active duty, serving as the War Plans Officer of the 12th Naval District, San Francisco. During retirement he resided in Napa Valley, California. Besides his Olympic shooting success, he competed internationally for the United States at the World Championships in 1921-24, winning eight titles, and at the Pan-American matches of 1913. In 1994 he was inducted into the US Shooting Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1912 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic 17 Representing United States    
  Military Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Military Rifle, Any Position, 600 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  Military Rifle, 200, 400, 500 and 600 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Small-Bore Rifle, Any Position, 50 metres, Men Olympic 13
  Small-Bore Rifle, Prone, 50 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 3 Bronze
  Small-Bore Rifle, Disappearing Target, 25 metres, Men Olympic 34
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Men Olympic 4 Representing United States    
  Free Rifle, Three Positions, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Military Rifle, Prone, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Men Olympic 1 Gold
  Military Rifle, Standing, 300 metres, Team, Men Olympic United States 2 Silver
  Military Rifle, 300 metres and 600 metres, Prone, Team, Men Olympic United States 1 Gold
  Running Target, Single Shot, Team, Men Olympic United States 3 Bronze
  Running Target, Double Shot, Team, Men Olympic United States 4
1924 Summer Olympics Shooting Free Rifle, Prone, 600 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver Representing United States    

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