Norbert Schemansky

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Norbert Schemansky
Personal information
Nickname(s)Norb
NationalityAmerican
Born(1924-05-30) May 30, 1924 (age 89)
ResidenceUnited States Detroit, Michigan
Sport
CountryUSA
SportOlympic weightlifting
Event(s)Clean and press
Snatch
Clean and jerk
Turned pro1947
Retired1972
Achievements and titles
World finals1951 gold medal
1953 gold medal
1954 gold medal
1947 silver medal
1962 silver medal
1963 silver medal
1964 bronze medal
Olympic finals1952 gold medal
1948 silver medal
1960 bronze medal
1964 bronze medal
 
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Norbert Schemansky
Personal information
Nickname(s)Norb
NationalityAmerican
Born(1924-05-30) May 30, 1924 (age 89)
ResidenceUnited States Detroit, Michigan
Sport
CountryUSA
SportOlympic weightlifting
Event(s)Clean and press
Snatch
Clean and jerk
Turned pro1947
Retired1972
Achievements and titles
World finals1951 gold medal
1953 gold medal
1954 gold medal
1947 silver medal
1962 silver medal
1963 silver medal
1964 bronze medal
Olympic finals1952 gold medal
1948 silver medal
1960 bronze medal
1964 bronze medal

Norbert Schemansky (born May 30, 1924 in Detroit, Michigan) was an Olympic gold medalist weightlifter for the United States.

Schemansky was the first weightlifter in history to earn four Olympic medals, despite missing the 1956 Olympic Games due to back problems. Norbert was a 3 time World Weightlifting Championships gold medalist and a Pan American Games gold medalist in addition to numerous podium finishes.

His weightlifting career spanned over 2 decades from 1947 to his retirement in 1972.[1] Schemansky is considered the greatest US Olympic weightlifter of all time.[1]

Schemansky was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of fame in 1997.[2]

America’s Greatest Strength Athlete

In 1979, Norbert Schemansky was inducted into the National Polish American Sports Hall of Fame. Template:Http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/weightlifting/norbert-schemansky/

Norbert gained his initial interest in weightlifting in 1938 after watching his older brother, Dennis, compete in an A.A.U. championship. Soon, he was doing better than his brother and it became a family competition as his younger brother, Jerome, joined in the almost daily weightlifting workouts.

Norbert appeared in his first world championship competition at age 17 in 1941. However, World War II interrupted his career. Schemansky served his country in the armed services including seeing action in the Battle of the Bulge. After the war, he competed in the first of four Olympic Games. In the 1948 games in London, he earned a Silver Medal in weightlifting. In 1951, Schemansky won his first world title at Milan, Italy.

In the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Schemansky won a Gold Medal in the middle-heavyweight category. In 1960, at the games in Rome, he won a Bronze Medal at the age of 36. Norbert then had back surgery, his second, after which his doctors said he would be lucky to walk again. Schemansky defied all the medical experts by not only walking, but by continuing to compete in his sport. In the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, he became the first weightlifter to earn four medals by capturing the Bronze.

During his career, Schemansky competed in both the super-heavyweight and the middle-heavyweight categories. Some of his personal bests include lifting 415 pounds in the press competition and 445 pounds in the clean and jerk. Schemansky would win three World Championship titles; 1951 in Milan, Italy, 1953 in Stockholm, Sweden and 1954 in Vienna, Austria. Schemansky was also runner-up three times. He was a Pan American games champion and won nine national titles. In total he won over 300 trophies and set 26 world records.

Norbert Schemansky excelled in his sport long after most competitors had retired. His accomplishments in weightlifting made his name recognizable throughout the world. {http://polishsportshof.com/inductees/weightlifting/norbert-schemansky/


Weightlifting achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Norbert Schemansky @ Lift Up Hall of Fame. Chidlovski.net. Retrieved on 2012-08-02.
  2. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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