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John Lysak

Full name: John J. Lysak
Gender: Male
Born: August 16, 1914 in Bound Brook, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Yonkers PRC, Glenwood, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Canoeing

Related Olympians: Brother of Steve Lysak.


John Lysak was born in New Jersey. When his mother died in the 1918 flu pandemic, his father sent him and his brother, [Steve], to an orphanage as he was unable to raise the children by himself. The brothers began rowing in the Hudson River with homemade boats. Competing for Yonkers Canoe Club, he won one national championship in the C-4 event in 1939, accompanied by his brother. After the 1936 Olympics he graduated from Springfield College where he met his wife, June. During this time he suffered serious injuries after being hit by car. He had his arm torn seriously by the hood ornament. He was told he would never be able to use his hand again but eventually recovered after forcing himself to use a small ball to regain mobility in his band, He also served with the Marines in World War II. He later became a painting contractor in the San Francisco area. He was working on a roof and fell 12 feet onto a cement driveway. Lysak crushed his feet and was told he would never walk but, after many operations and a year spent in rehab, he forced himself to walk again


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Canoeing Men's Folding Kayak Doubles, 10 kilometres United States USA 7

Men's Folding Kayak Doubles, 10 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Partner Phase Unit Date
1936 Summer 21 Berlin Canoeing United States USA James O'Rourke Final Standings 1936-08-07
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