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George Harris

Full name: George Lee Harris
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 220 lbs (100 kg)
Born: January 15, 1933 in Kittrell, North Carolina, United States
Died: January 7, 2011 in Brick, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Travis Judo Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Judo


Although he started out as a boxer in Philadelphia, George Harris learned judo after enlisting in the Air Force and eventually became a judo instructor for the Strategic Air Command. He would eventually win six Air Force judo championships, four AAU judo championships, was on the first US Olympic judo team at the 1964 Olympics, and won the 1963 Pan American Games gold medal in the heavyweight class. He eventually reached ninth-degree black belt, the highest ranking ever among United States’ judoka. After leaving the Air Force, Harris became an international businessman and taught contract negotiation around the world. He continued to teach judo and other martial arts in New Jersey, where he settled, and in 1979 he starred as martial arts coach in the movie "The Year of the Gentle Tiger".


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Summer 31 Tokyo Judo Men's Heavyweight United States USA 6T

Men's Heavyweight

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
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