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Chuck Vinci

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 2
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameCharles Thomas "Chuck"•Vinci, Jr.
Used nameChuck•Vinci
Born28 February 1933 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
Died13 June 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio (USA)
Measurements152 cm / 56 kg
AffiliationsYork Barbell Club, York (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Chuck Vinci is the last American man to have won a gold medal in Olympic weightlifting, through 2018. Besides his two Olympic gold medals, he also won two golds at the 1955 and 1959 Pan American Games. He never managed a world title but was runner-up in both 1955 and 1958. He won seven AAU titles, those of 1954-56, and 1958-61. He set 12 world records in the bantamweight division. Vinci began lifting weights at the Cleveland Central YMCA and later began training with John Schubert at the Olympic Health Club after World War II. He was a steelworker for over 30 years.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Summer Olympics Weightlifting USA Chuck Vinci
Bantamweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1960 Summer Olympics Weightlifting USA Chuck Vinci
Bantamweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 337.5 WR 1
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 342.5 WR 1
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 105.0 AC
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #1 100.0 AC
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 105.0 WR AC
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #1 127.5 AC
1956 Summer Olympics 23 November 1956 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #2 132.5 AC
1960 Summer Olympics 7 September 1960 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 345.0 WR 1
1960 Summer Olympics 7 September 1960 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 105.0 AC
1960 Summer Olympics 7 September 1960 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 105.0 AC
1960 Summer Olympics 7 September 1960 Weightlifting Bantamweight, Men (≤56 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #3 107.5 WR AC

Special Notes