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Josef Straßberger

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameJosef•Straßberger
Used nameJosef•Straßberger
Born20 August 1894 in Kolbermoor, Bayern (GER)
Died12 October 1950 in Kolbermoor, Bayern (GER)
AffiliationsTSV 1860 München, München (GER)
NOC(s) Germany

Biography

Josef Straßberger won two Olympic medals, a gold in 1928 in Amsterdam and bronze in 1932 in Los Angeles, both as a heavyweight, and was also World Champion in 1920. He set 10 world records in light-heavyweight and super-heavyweight from 1919-35 – six in the press, two in the snatch, and two in the total. He was European champion in 1921 and 1929. From 1920-34 Straßberger dominated the heavyweight division in Germany, winning 13 national titles.

Since he had lost the distal tips of the index and middle fingers of his right hand in an accident, Straßberger had difficulty getting a tight grip on the barbell to master the heavy loads of the clean & jerk. Therefore, he always had to compensate for his modest performances in that lift by better performances in his strongest discipline, the military press. In 1929, he took over the clubhouse of the TSV 1860 München as an innkeeper, but it was totally bombed out in 1945. After World War II, he led the Sports School Grünwald near Munich. At the 1972 Olympic Village in München, one of the streets was named in his honor.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1928 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Germany    
1932 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men Olympic 3 Bronze Representing Germany    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 367.5 1
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 372.5 1
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #1 115.0 AC
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #2 120.0 AC
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 122.5 WR AC
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #1 102.5 AC
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 107.5 AC
1928 Summer Olympics 28 – 29 July 1928 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #3 142.5 AC
1932 Summer Olympics 31 July 1932 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 372.5 3
1932 Summer Olympics 31 July 1932 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 377.5 3
1932 Summer Olympics 31 July 1932 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 125.0 AC
1932 Summer Olympics 31 July 1932 Weightlifting Heavyweight, Men (>82½ kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #3 110.0 AC