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Cy Young

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCyrus J. "Cy"•Young, Jr.
Used nameCy•Young
Born23 July 1928 in Modesto, California (USA)
Died6 December 2017 in Modesto, California (USA)
Measurements195 cm / 93 kg
AffiliationsOlympic Club, San Francisco (USA) / LAAC, Los Angeles (USA)
NOC United States


Cy Young is the only U.S. athlete to have won the Olympic javelin title. In April 1956, Young had the best throw of his career with 259-8½ (79.16). Later in the season, he won his only AAU championship, but hampered by an ankle injury he failed to make a significant challenge in defense of his Olympic crown and finished 11th in Melbourne. Young graduated from UCLA in 1951 and became a rancher. John Wayne arranged for him to have a Hollywood screen test but Young turned it down and returned to his farm.

Personal Best: JT – 79.16 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Cy Young
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1956 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Cy Young
Javelin Throw, Men (Olympic) 11