Jean Földeak

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJean (János)•Földeak
Used nameJean•Földeak
Born9 June 1903 in Hitiaş (ROU)
Died5 March 1993 in München (Munich), Bayern (GER)
AffiliationsSV Polizei Hamburg, Hamburg (GER)
NOC Germany


Jean Földeak was born with the first name János in a Romanian village in former Hungarian territory. He was a trained mechanic and in 1924 tried to immigrate to the United States, but could not get a visa. He stayed in Hamburg, where he received German citizenship in 1927. Földeak won a silver medal in Los Angeles in middleweight Greco-Roman and was fourth in welterweight freestyle. He was European champion in 1931, 1933, and 1934 in welterweight freestyle and German Champion in welterweight Greco-Roman in 1929 and freestyle in 1930. He represented Germany at seven international meetings.

In 1935 Földeak became German head coach, and in 1936 coached the Polish wrestlers for the Olympics and from 1949-66 was a German federal coach. After World War II, Földeak founded a company to manufacture wrestling mats and training equipment, which is still one of the leading companies of its kind.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Wrestling GER Jean Földeak
Middleweight, Greco-Roman, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Welterweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) AC