Frank Wright

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFrank Seymour•Wright
Used nameFrank•Wright
Born26 December 1878 in South Wales, New York (USA)
Died13 February 1931 in Buffalo, New York (USA)
Measurements174 cm
AffiliationsAudubon Gun Club
NOC United States


Frank Wright was from Kenmore, New York, and competed at the 1920 Olympics only in the two events in which he won medals. His won his first competitions as early as in 1914, including the Canadian National Exhibition Tournament total. In the same year he also took his first New York championship, with another five to follow (1919-20, 1922, 1924-27). Wright also won the state’s doubles in 1921 and 1927 and the all-around titles in 1922 and 1925-26. In the following years, he set several records, for instance, in 1919 Wright set a one-day mark of 397 of 400 possible. Immediately after the Olympics he won the Grand American Clay Target Championship for the second consecutive time. At the 1919 Grand he was a member of the East team that won over the West. In 1984 he was inducted into the New York State Hall of Fame and in 1994 into the Trap Shooting Hall of Fame.

Wright was a member of the Buffalo Trap and Field Club and the Buffalo Elks Lodge. He earned his living as a carpenter on construction projects, which eventually caused his death. While working on a project in Buffalo, a concrete floor collapsed above him, with several floors landing on him. He survived the crash, but went into a coma, and went into hospital and never emerged from it, dying almost a year later.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1920 Summer Olympics Shooting USA Frank Wright
Trap, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Trap, Team, Men (Olympic) United States 1 Gold