Hugo Friend

Biographical information

Medals IG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
RolesCompeted in Intercalated Games • Competed in Olympic Games (non-medal events)
Full nameHugo Morris•Friend
Used nameHugo•Friend
Born21 July 1882 in Praha (Prague) (CZE)
Died29 April 1966 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Measurements187 cm / 84 kg
AffiliationsChicago Maroons, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


Hugo Friend’s parents emigrated to America when he was two years old and initially settled in Great Bend, Kansas, before moving to Chicago in 1890. Friend later enrolled at the University of Chicago and, in 1905, captained the first Chicago team to win the Big Ten Championship. Later in the season he scored a double in the long jump and the high hurdles at the AAU championships. After graduation, Friend joined the Chicago AA and at the 1906 Olympics, placed fourth in the hurdles in addition to his long jump bronze medal.

Friend practiced as a lawyer but was soon appointed to judge, and he was the presiding judge at baseball’s most notorious trial, the Chicago Black Sox scandal of 1919. After the jury acquitted the accused players, Friend congratulated them for “a just verdict”.

Personal Bests: 110H – 16.2 (1905); LJ – 7.02 (1905).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Athletics USA Hugo Friend
120 yards Hurdles, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 3
Long Jump, Men (Olympic (non-medal)) 1
1906 Intercalated Games Athletics USA Hugo Friend
Marathon, Men (Intercalated) DNS
110 metres Hurdles, Men (Intercalated) 4
High Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Standing High Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) 3 Bronze
Standing Long Jump, Men (Intercalated) NM
Triple Jump, Men (Intercalated) DNS
Pentathlon (Ancient), Men (Intercalated) DNS