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Charles Mayer

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCharles•Mayer
Used nameCharles•Mayer
Born7 January 1882 in Molsheim, Bas-Rhin (FRA)
Died5 May 1972 in Sonoma, California (USA)
Measurements72 kg
AffiliationsSt. George's AC, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Charles Mayer was born in Molsheim during one of the brief periods in which it was part of Germany (it is now part of France). By 1900 he had immigrated to New York with his family and was working as a plumber, while training on the side as an amateur boxer. He became the only boxer from the 1904 Olympics to have won a U.S. national championship in another year. After winning the Olympic middleweight championship in 1904, he added the 1905 AAU middleweight championship. Mayer fought in the heavyweight division in 1904 only to appease the crowd who wanted to see him fight the heavyweight champion, Sam Berger. Though outweighed by 22 lbs. (180-158), Mayer put up a good fight but lost by decision. He eventually moved to California, where he ran his own plumbing business.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1904 Summer Olympics Boxing USA Charles Mayer
Middleweight, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Heavyweight, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver