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George Eyser

Full name: George Louis (Georg Ludwig Friedrich Julius-) Eyser (Eÿser-)
Gender: Male
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
Born: August 31, 1870 in Dänisch-Nienhof, Schwedeneck, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany
Affiliations: Concordia Turnverein, St. Louis (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 3 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

George Eyser was a member of the Concordia Turnverein in 1904 and is probably one of the most amazing stories to emerge from any Olympic Games. In the 12-event All-Around competition he placed 71st individually despite having finished 10th in the nine event all-around. He finished last in the other three events of the triathlon – 100 yard dash, long jump and shot put, pulled down mostly by his 13-foot long jump and 15.4 time for the dash. But those marks don't look so bad in another context, for George Eyser competed with a wooden leg. Nothing of the circumstances of the loss of his limb is known. Eyser arrived in America, from Germany, at the age of fourteen and settled in Denver, Colorado before moving to St. Louis where he worked as a book-keeper for a construction company. Eyser became a US citizen in 1894. He was a member of the Concordia team which won an international meet in Frankfurt, Germany in 1908, and also won the National Turnfest in Cincinnati in 1909.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around United States USA 71
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around, Field Sports United States USA 118
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around, 4 Events United States USA 2 Silver
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Individual All-Around, Apparatus Work United States USA 10
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Team All-Around Concordia Turnverein, St Louis USA 4
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Horse Vault United States USA 1T Gold
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Parallel Bars United States USA 1 Gold
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Horizontal Bar United States USA 3 Bronze
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Rope Climbing United States USA 1 Gold
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Men's Side Horse United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T D(ft)
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 71 52.20
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Parallel Bars NP 12.10
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Horizontal Bar NP 14.30
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Side Horse NP 12.30
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States 100 yards 118 0.0 15.4
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Long Jump 118 5.4 13.4
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Shot Put 76T 8.1 26.1

Men's Individual All-Around, Field Sports

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS T D(ft)
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 118 13.5
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States 100 yards 118 0.0 15.4
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Long Jump 118 5.4 13.4
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Shot Put 76 8.1 26.1

Men's Individual All-Around, 4 Events

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 2 152

Men's Individual All-Around, Apparatus Work

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 10 38.70
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Parallel Bars NP 12.10
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Horizontal Bar NP 14.30
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Side Horse NP 12.30

Men's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank TP AP 1cP LJP SPP
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics Concordia Turnverein, St Louis USA Final Standings 4 344.01 38.70 0.0 5.4 8.1

Men's Horse Vault

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 1T 36

Men's Parallel Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 1 44

Men's Horizontal Bar

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 3 39

Men's Rope Climbing

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 1 7.0

Men's Side Horse

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
1904 Summer 33 St. Louis Gymnastics United States Final Standings 2 33