John Fuhrer

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn William•Fuhrer
Used nameJohn•Fuhrer
Born11 April 1880 in La Harpe, Illinois (USA)
Died24 July 1972 in Lincoln, Nebraska (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 80 kg
AffiliationsMilwaukee AC, Milwaukee (USA) / Doane College Tigers, Crete (USA)
NOC United States


John Fuhrer competed for the Milwaukee AC in the triple jump at the 1904 Olympics. He was also entered for the high jump, his best event. Fuhrer attended Doane College in Crete, Nebraska and later became the football coach and athletic director at Doane (1904-07) with a record of 13-11-0. In 1971 a gymnasium at Doane was named in his honor, and at 91-years-old, he was able to be present at the dedication ceremony. After coaching at Doane Fuhrer coached Pittsburg State College in Pittsburgh, Kansas from 1909-14 and 1918, finishing with a record of 26-22-2. In a 1913 game against Southwestern College, Fuhrer is known to have protested against Southwestern’s playing an African-American player.

Personal Best: HJ – 1.83 (6-0) (1902); TJ – 12.91 (42-4½) (1904).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA John Fuhrer
High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Standing High Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS
Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) 4
Standing Triple Jump, Men (Olympic) DNS