George Varnell

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGeorge Marshall•Varnell
Used nameGeorge•Varnell
Born10 August 1882 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died4 February 1967 in Seattle, Washington (USA)
AffiliationsChicago Maroons, Chicago (USA) / Chicago AA, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


After graduating from the University of Chicago, where he played football, George Varnell pursued a career in journalism. He was a sports writer with The Daily Chronicle in Spokane, Washington and later became the paper’s sports editor. Varnell fulfilled the same role at the Seattle Times after joining the paper in the 1920s. He was active on the gridiron, helping to re-establish a football team at Gonzaga University and he became one of the leading officials on the Pacific coast, refereeing important college games and still holds the record for having officiated the most Rose Bowl games. Varnell was basketball coach at Gonzaga in 1908-09, leading the team to a 10-2 season and also played a few seasons of semi-professional baseball in the Spokane City League.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA George Varnell
200 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 4
400 metres Hurdles, Men (Olympic) 4