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Joe Puleo

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJoseph Robert "Joe"•Puleo
Used nameJoe•Puleo
Born2 July 1942 in Detroit, Michigan (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsYork Barbell Club, York (USA)
NOC United States


Joe Puleo attended Michigan State University but later represented the York Barbell Club. Puleo was AAU champion in 1962 and 1964 as a middleweight, and then won light-heavyweight titles in 1966-68. He also won gold medals at the 1963 and 1967 Pan American Games, as a middleweight in 1963 and a light-heavy in 1967. Puleo retired in 1970 to start a career as an attorney, but he returned in the late 1970s to try to make the 1980 Olympic team, but was denied any chance at that by the America boycott.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Summer Olympics Weightlifting USA Joe Puleo
Light-Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) AC

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