Oscar Olson Illinois Strength and Power HoF inductee 2023

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Oscar G. Olson (Oskar Gustave Olson)*


1904 Olympic Team


Oscar finished 4th in the two-handed weightlifting event at the 1904 Olympics. Also, Oscar won a gold medal in the Tug of War, a track and field event at the time.  There were no formal weightlifting contests during his era. Weightlifting was not an organized sport in 1904.


Born in Oslo, Norway***, Oscar came to the United States in 1881. He was a long-time member of the Sleipner Athletic Club, organized in 1894 in Chicago, also known as the Norwegian-American Athletic Association. While a member, Oscar won several State and National Championships in various events. Oscar was an all-around athlete in track and field, wrestling, swimming, and several other sports.


Oscar was a machinist for a printing press company. He was naturalized as an American Citizen in 1942. Oscar remained in Chicago until he died in 1962 at 86 years old.


Weightlifting at the 1904 Olympics - Physical Culture Study



***Some claim Oscar was born in the US. 


*Oscar G. Olsen. Olson and Olsen are used.



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