Norbert Schemansky

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Norbert Schemansky
Personal information
Nickname(s) Norb
Nationality American
Born (1924-05-30) May 30, 1924 (age 90)
Detroit, Michigan
Residence Detroit, Michigan
Country USA
Sport Olympic weightlifting
Event(s) Clean and press
Clean and jerk
Turned pro 1947
Retired 1972
Achievements and titles
World finals 1951 gold medal
1953 gold medal
1954 gold medal
1947 silver medal
1962 silver medal
1963 silver medal
1964 bronze medal
Olympic finals 1952 gold medal
1948 silver medal
1960 bronze medal
1964 bronze medal

Norbert Schemansky (born May 30, 1924) was an Olympic gold medalist weightlifter for the United States. He was born in Detroit, Michigan. Schemansky was the first weightlifter in history to earn four Olympic medals, despite missing the 1956 Olympic Games due to back problems. Schemansky was a 3 time World Weightlifting Championships gold medalist and a Pan American Games gold medalist in addition to numerous podium finishes. His weightlifting career spanned over 2 decades from 1947 to his retirement in 1972.[1] Schemansky is considered the greatest US Olympic weightlifter of all time.[1] Schemansky was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of fame in 1997.[2]

Weightlifting achievements[edit]

  • Olympic champion (1952);
  • Silver medalist in Olympic Games (1948);
  • Bronze medalist in Olympic Games (1960 and 1964);
  • World champion (1951, 1953, and 1954);
  • 1955 Pan American Games heavyweight champion;
  • Silver medalist at Senior World Championships (1947, 1962, and 1963);
  • Bronze medalist at Senior World Championships (1964).


  1. ^ a b Norbert Schemansky @ Lift Up Hall of Fame. Retrieved on 2012-08-02.
  2. ^ "Weightlifting Hall of Fame". International Weightlifting Federation. Retrieved 2008-08-07. 

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