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John Spellman

Full name: John Franklin Spellman
Gender: Male
Born: June 14, 1899 in Middletown, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 1, 1966 in Mhangura, Mashonaland West, Zimbabwe
Affiliations: Brown Bears, Providence (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Wrestling

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)


Twice an AAU champion while at Brown University, John Spellman could not get permission from the dean of students to attend the 1924 Olympic Trials. He went anyway and was refused permission to graduate with his class, although he had fulfilled all the requirements. Spellman was a noted athlete; he was a tackle on the football team, and captained both the football and wrestling squads in his senior year. After college, Spellman became a professional wrestler and football player. He played for eight years in the NFL with the Providence Steamrollers, retiring in 1932, and then coaching the Boston Redskins of the NFL. In 1936 Spellman went on a world tour with his wrestling troupe and arrived in Africa in 1938. When World War II broke out he was unable to return to the States, and he lived the rest of his life in Africa as a mining engineer.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle United States USA 1 Gold

Men's Light-Heavyweight, Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling United States USA Final Round Match 1/2 1 1924-07-14 Spellman (USA) decision, Svensson (SWE)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling United States USA Semi-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-13 Spellman (USA) decision, Westergren (SWE)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling United States USA Quarter-Finals Match #1 1 1924-07-12 Spellman (USA) fall, Rumpel (CAN)
1924 Summer 24 Paris Wrestling United States USA Round One Match #1 1 1924-07-11 Spellman (USA) fall, Wilson (GBR)
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