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Josef Steinbach

Full name: Josef Steinbach
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (177 cm)
Weight: 251 lbs (114 kg)
Born: March 21, 1879 in Horšov, Unknown, Czech Republic
Died: January 15, 1937 in Vienna, Wien, Austria
Country: AUT Austria
Sport: Tug-Of-War, Weightlifting

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Born in Bohemia, Josef Steinbach was 15 when he moved to Vienna where he began his weightlifting career in 1898. He quickly became the greatest Austrian lifter and in 1900 was judged the champion of the association of Austrian athletic clubs. In 1902 he won the Austro-Hungarian championship and in 1904 he won the world weightlifting championship for the first time. In 1905 he was world champion twice, as three competitions were held that year, one in Berlin, and another in Duisburg, Germany. At the 1906 Olympics, he lost the two handed event because he was unfamiliar with the prescribed lifting style, but took revenge in the dumbbell contest. After the Games he turned professional, mainly as a wrestler, although he continued to perform exhibition weightlifting as a professional. In 1910 he issued a challenge to the well-known strong man, Arthur Saxon, to compete against him for the professional weightlifting championship of the world. The challenge was issued repeatedly, and published in several popular physical culture magazines of the time, but Saxon never responded to the challenge, obviously fearing Steinbach in such an event. Steinbach died in Vienna on 15 January 1937. Later that year a huge granite monument was erected in his honor from a fund raised from Austrian and German weighlifters and wrestlers.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1906 Summer 27 Athina Tug-Of-War Men's Tug-Of-War Austria AUT 4
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Men's Unlimited, One Hand Austria AUT 1 Gold OR
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Men's Unlimited, Two Hands Austria AUT 2 Silver

Men's Tug-Of-War

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1906 Summer 27 Athina Tug-Of-War Austria AUT Round One Match #1 2 1906-04-30 GER 2, AUT 0
1906 Summer 27 Athina Tug-Of-War Austria AUT Final Round Match #2 2 1906-04-30 SWE 2, AUT 0

Men's Unlimited, One Hand

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT Final Standings 1 73.75
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 40.00 kilogrammes 1T oo
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 55.30 kilogrammes 1T oo
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 60.40 kilogrammes 1T oo
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 65.45 kilogrammes 1T oo
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 70.75 kilogrammes 1T oo
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 73.75 kilogrammes 1T oo
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 76.55 kilogrammes 1 ox

Men's Unlimited, Two Hands

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank K S/F
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT Final Standings 2 136.5
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 81.0 kilogrammes 1T o
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 100.5 kilogrammes 1T o
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 108.5 kilogrammes 1T o
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 121.5 kilogrammes 1T o
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 129.5 kilogrammes 1T o
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 136.5 kilogrammes 1T o
1906 Summer 27 Athina Weightlifting Austria AUT 142.4 kilogrammes 2 x