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Eugen Schmidt

Full name: Eugen Stahl Schmidt
Gender: Male
Born: February 17, 1862 in Copenhagen, Hovedstaden, Denmark
Died: October 7, 1931 in Aalborg, Nordjylland, Denmark
Affiliations: KIF, København (DEN)
Country: DEN Denmark
Sport: Tug-Of-War, Athletics, Shooting

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Eugen Schmidt is one of Denmark's foremost sports pioneers. He (co-)founded sports clubs in several Danish cities and in various sports, including rowing, golf, tennis and gymnastics. After founding the Polyteknisk Roklub in 1887, he became chairman of Københavns Rokclub, the rowing club of Copenhagen. That same year, he entered the board of the Danish Rowing Federation, later serving as its president (1894-96). In 1896, he co-founded the DIF, the Danish Sports Federation. With two brief interruptions, he sat on the board of the DIF until his death in 1931. Fittingly, Schmidt was one of the three Danish competitors at the first modern Olympics in Athens. An all-around sportsman, he competed in both the 100 metre sprint and the military rifle shooting, although he did not achieve any notable feats. Returning to the Olympics in Paris 1900, Schmidt competed in the mixed Swedish/Danish tug-of-war team that took the Olympic title. Apart from the aforementioned sports, Schmidt was also (actively or passively) involved in athletics, football, fencing, swimming and ice skating. He also published several books on sports and frequently wrote for newspapers and magazines. Despite all this, he still managed to have a regular day job. Initially employed as an engineer at beer breweries (including Carlsberg), he later worked for a chemical company in Aalborg.

Personal Best: 100 – unknown.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1896 Summer 34 Athina Athletics Men's 100 metres Denmark DEN 4 h2 r1/2
1896 Summer 34 Athina Shooting Men's Military Rifle, 200 metres Denmark DEN 12T
1900 Summer 38 Paris Tug-Of-War Men's Tug-Of-War Denmark/Sweden DEN 1 Gold

Men's Tug-Of-War

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1900 Summer 38 Paris Tug-Of-War Denmark/Sweden DEN Final Round Match 1/2 1 1900-07-16 Denmark/Sweden 2, Racing Club de France 0

Men's 100 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1896 Summer 34 Athina Athletics Denmark Round One Heat Two 4

Men's Military Rifle, 200 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit TH PTS
1896 Summer 34 Athina Shooting Denmark DEN Final Standings 26 845
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