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Wally Zagurski

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWalter Joseph "Wally"•Zagurski
Used nameWally•Zagurski
Born12 January 1911 in ? (LTU)
Died27 February 1959 in York, Pennsylvania (USA)
AffiliationsYOBAC, York (USA)
NOC United States


Wally Zagurski was a lightweight weightlifter at the 1932 Los Angeles Olympics. He competed for the York Oil Burner Athletic Club. He was an original member of the club, and became famous as one of the first men to bent press the famous 202 lb. (92 kg) Louis Cyr dumbbell, which is still housed at the York Barbell Hall of Fame. Zagurski was AAU Champion in 1933 at 165 lbs. (75 kg).

Zagurski was born in Lithuania but came to the US as a youth. He was featured on the first cover of Strength and Health magazine in December 1932, and was the first editor of the renowned US weightlifting magazine.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Weightlifting USA Wally Zagurski
Lightweight, Men (Olympic) 6