Ben Adams

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameBenjamin Willard "Ben"•Adams
Used nameBen•Adams
Born31 March 1890 in Newark, New Jersey (USA)
Died14 March 1961 in Neptune City, New Jersey (USA)
Measurements188 cm / 78 kg
AffiliationsNYAC, New York (USA)
NOC United States
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


A stalwart of the New York AC team for many years, Ben Adams never won an AAU title because his older brother monopolized them at that time. His second place in the standing high jump was a notable moment in Olympic history because this is the only time that brothers have finished 1-2 in a track and field event.

Ben Adams also competed in 1912 Olympic Baseball demonstration event.

Personal Bests: SHJ – 5-3 (1.60) (1912); SLJ – 10-9¼ (3.28) (1912).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1912 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Ben Adams
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Standing Long Jump, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Baseball (Baseball/Softball) USA Ben Adams
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) Mixed team 2
Baseball, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) US East "Olympics" 1

Olympic family relations