Eugen Schmidt

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Gold medal – first place 1900 Paris Team competition

Eugen Stahl Schmidt (February 17, 1862 – October 7, 1931) was a Danish shooter, athlete, and tug of war competitor. He competed at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens and at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris.

Background[edit]

Schmidt was a founder of many Danish sports clubs, and became chairman of the Københavns Roklub, and also became a board member of the Danish Rowing Federation, which he served as Chairman between 1894-1896, in 1896 he co-founded DIF, the Danish Sports Federation,[1] he also held down a full-time job and between 1885-1899 he was a brewmaster at Carlsberg,[2] he would also write for sports magazine and had a few sports books published.[3]

Olympics[edit]

Schmidt competed in two events at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece, in the athletics 100 metres event he finished fourth in his heat, so didn't advance to the final,[4] he also competed in the 1896 military rifle event, Schmidt finished tied for twelfth place with 845 points, Schmidt hit the target 12 times out of his 40 shots.[5] Four years later, Schmidt was competing at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France, this time he was competing for the mixed team in the tug of war, the mixed team consisted of three Danish and three Swedish athletes, the American team withdrew so they were up against the French team in the final, and the mixed side won the first two pulls and so were awarded the gold medal.[6] In the 1912 he was back on the Olympic scene, this time he was the director for the Danish rowing team at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eugen Scmidt, Bio". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  2. ^ "The Olympic Master". carlsberg.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  3. ^ a b "Eugen Schmidt". gravsted.dk. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  4. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  5. ^ "Shooting at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Military Rifle, 200 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017. 
  6. ^ "Tug-Of-War at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Tug-Of-War". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.