Fred Meyer (wrestler)

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Fred Meyer
Born (1900-05-17)May 17, 1900
Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died March 12, 1983(1983-03-12) (aged 82)
Los Angeles, California, United States
Olympic medal record
Men's Freestyle wrestling
Bronze medal – third place 1920 Antwerp Heavyweight

Frederick "Fred" Julius Meyer (May 17, 1900 – March 12, 1983) was an American wrestler who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics.

Meyer, who was Jewish [1][2] was born in Chicago and died in Los Angeles.

In 1920 he won the bronze medal in the freestyle wrestling heavyweight class.[3]

As part of a trend in which religious and ethnic organizations used their facilities to develop competitive athletes, Meyer was one of a number of national champions whose skills were fostered at the Chicago Hebrew Institute.[4] Meyer, who had been wrestling for the Chicago Hebrew Institute since he was nine years old, joined Walter Mauer of the Institute at the 1920 Summer Games in Antwerp, Belgium, marking the first time that Jewish athletes representing a Jewish club had been selected for the U.S. team.[5] Dr. George Eisen of Nazareth College included Meyer on his list of Jewish Olympic Medalists.[6]

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  1. ^ "The Big Book of Jewish Sports Heroes: An Illustrated Compendium of Sports History and the 150 Greatest Jewish Sports Stars". Google Book. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  2. ^ "The Advocate: America's Jewish Journal, Volume 59". Google Book. Retrieved May 28, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Fred Meyer Olympic Results". Archived from the original on September 25, 2013. Retrieved September 9, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Wrestling", Encyclopedia of Chicago. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  5. ^ Staff. "Local News: Chicago Hebrew Institute", The Reform Advocate, July 24, 1920, p. 650. Retrieved February 3, 2011.
  6. ^ Eisen, George. "Jewish Olympic Medalists", International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Retrieved February 2, 2011.

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