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Russ Vis

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRussell John "Russ"•Vis
Used nameRuss•Vis
Born22 June 1900 in Grand Rapids, Michigan (USA)
Died1 April 1990 in San Diego, California (USA)
AffiliationsLAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Russ Vis spent his boyhood in Portland, Oregon, where he started wrestling with the same instructor who taught the legendary Robin Reed. By the time he got to the 1924 Olympics he had established himself as one of our top wrestlers with four straight victories at the National AAU tournament. In Paris, he came through for the gold by defeating two Finns in the last rounds.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Summer Olympics Wrestling USA Russ Vis
Lightweight, Freestyle, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold