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Sam Gerson

Full name: Samuel Norton "Sam" Gerson
Gender: Male
Height: 5-4 (163 cm)
Born: November 30, 1895 in Timki, Poltava, Ukraine
Died: September 30, 1972 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Affiliations: Meadowbrook Club, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


In 1920 while a junior at Penn, Sam Gerson won the Eastern Intercollegiates and the Middle Atlantic Wrestling Championships. They were the biggest titles of his short wrestling career. He was also a top-level chess player, beginning in high school. Gerson later became a chemical engineer, but a hobby occupied much of his time. He was the founder of the United States Olympian Society, an organization of former Olympic athletes. In addition he was instrumental in starting a similar world-wide organization, Olympian International – later the World Olympians Association. Gerson also served as historian of the U.S. Olympians and spent much of his time collecting data on former athletes. In 2006 he was inducted into the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Gerson was a native Ukrainian but immigrated to the United States when he was 11-years-old.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling Men's Featherweight, Freestyle United States USA 2 Silver

Men's Featherweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 2 1920-08-27 Ackerly (USA) , Gerson (USA)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling United States USA Semi-Finals Match #2 1 1920-08-27 Gerson (USA) , Shindes (IND)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #3 1 1920-08-26 Gerson (USA) decision, Barathon (FRA)
1920 Summer 24 Antwerpen Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #2 1 1920-08-25 Gerson (USA) decision, Mäkinen (FIN)
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