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Chris Taylor

Full name: Christopher J. "Chris" Taylor
Gender: Male
Height: 6-5 (196 cm)
Weight: 401 lbs (182 kg)
Born: June 13, 1950 in Dowagiac, Michigan, United States
Died: June 30, 1979 in Story City, Iowa, United States
Affiliations: Iowa State Cyclones, Ames (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Weighing over 400 lbs., Chris Taylor is the heaviest American Olympian of all time. Despite his weight he was a very good technical wrestler, possessed of surprising quickness. This enabled him to twice win the NCAA Championship while at Iowa State, and he also won national titles in Greco-Roman wrestling. At the München Olympics he competed in both styles, losing in the Greco event. In freestyle, however, he was beaten only by the Soviet Union’s redoubtable heavyweight, Aleksandr Medved, but in a controversial decision. It appeared Medved was stalling but the referee awarded a point to the Soviet, charging Taylor with a lack of action. Later admitting that he felt sorry for Medved because of Taylor’s size, the referee was dismissed from the Olympic tournament and banned from international officiating. Chris Taylor was a natural to go into professional wrestling and signed a very lucrative pro contract after the Olympics. However, after several successful years, he died in 1979 from complications of phlebitis, kidney failure, and hepatitis.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman United States USA AC
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA 3 Bronze

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Greco-Roman

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result RE BP
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Final Standings AC 1972-09-06 Eliminated r3/5 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two 6T 1972-09-07 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #3 1 1972-09-07 Taylor (USA) fall (7:50), Kment (TCH) 0,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round One 7T 1972-09-06 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #3 2 1972-09-06 Dietrich (FRG) fall (3:14), Taylor (USA) 4,0

Men's Super-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BP
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Final Standings 3 1972-08-27
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five 3 1972-08-31 6,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Five Match #1 1 1972-08-31 Taylor (USA) decision, Duraliev (BUL) 1,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four 4 1972-08-30 5,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Four Match #3 1 1972-08-30 Taylor (USA) decision, Dietrich (FRG) 1,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three 5T 1972-08-29 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Three Match #3 1 1972-08-29 Taylor (USA) fall (1:45), Isogai (JPN) 0,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two 8T 1972-08-28 4,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round Two Match #3 1 1972-08-28 Taylor (USA) decision, Eskandar-Filabi (IRI) 1,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round One 8T 1972-08-27 3,0
1972 Summer 22 München Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #3 2 1972-08-27 Medved (URS) decision, Taylor (USA) 3,0
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