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George Sheldon

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Herbert•Sheldon
Used nameGeorge•Sheldon
Born17 May 1874
Died25 November 1907 in St. Louis, Missouri (USA)
AffiliationsMuegge Institute, St. Louis
NOC(s) United States


Dr George Sheldon of the Muegge Institute, St. Louis, had some anxious moments before being declared the winner of the 1904 diving event. He was initially announced as the winner but the Germans protested the judges’ verdict, as they had done when Frank Kehoe was awarded equal third place, and the trophy was withheld from Sheldon while the protest was considered. One week after the competition, Games director James E. Sullivan rejected the protest and Sheldon, who studied medicine at the now defunct Barnes Medical College in St. Louis, was declared the winner. Sheldon had been warned throughout his ten year career that he had a “weak heart” and whilst training in New York to defend his title in the Athens Games of 1906 he suffered the first signs of the heart disease that would lead to his death a year later.


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1904 Summer Olympics Diving (Aquatics) Springboard, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing United States