Carl Schuhmann

Carl Schuhmann (1869 - 1946)

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Carl Schuhmann
Born in Munster, Germanymap
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
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Died in Berlin, Germanymap
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Carl Schuhmann was an athlete from Germany that competed in 4 different sports in the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. He was a part of the German Olympic Gymnastics Team and took gold in the vault and the team parallel bars and horizontal bars. He also won another gold medal in Greco-Roman Wrestling. He also took part in weighlifting (4th place), triple jump (5th place), long jump and shot put. He was the most successful athlete at the Athens Games, and today, is only one of three athletes that competed in 4 different sports at the same Olympics.[1][2][3][4]

  • most successful athlete of the 1896 Olympics[5]
  • 26 when completed in 1896 Olympics (first modern Olympics)[6][7] - and the most successful of 6 athletes who have competed in four Olympic Sports[8][7]
  • Died in Berlin, Germany - tomb reads "Germany's first Olympic Champion"[7]


  • 1896 x4 GOLD medals:
    • GOLDs in team (gymnastics) - horizontal bar & parallel bars[6][7]
    • GOLD in individual (gymnastics) vault[6][7]
    • GOLD in Greco-Roman wrestling - conducted one evening, halted due to waning light, and resumed the next day[6][7]
  • competed in weightlifting[6][9][7] (4th place)[7]
  • competed in athletics[9][7] / track & field (long jump, triple jump (5th place)[7], and shot put) - didn't place[6]
  • "most successful athlete at the inaugural Olympics of the modern era"[10]
  • Medal Ceremony: "...there was particularly enthusiastic applause for Germany’s athlete Carl Schuhmann, winner of four titles in Athens and who according to The Times’ correspondent was “a favourite with the crowd”."[11]
  • 1908 games, his student, Otto Bauscher, represented Great Britain[9]
  • 1936 part of the gymnastics expedition & tribute in the Olympic Stadium[9]


  4. Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime. The Complete Book of The Olympics 2012 Edition. Aurum Press, London, 2012
  5. Find A Grave: Memorial #13886681, retrieved 22 Oct 2017
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 Wilson, Tracey V., Holly Frey. "Live at the DMA: Pierre de Coubertin and the Modern Olympics." Stuff You Missed in History Class (podcast). 14 Sept 2016. How Stuff (Web). 2016
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 7.7 7.8 7.9 "FOUR TITLES FOR MULTI-TALENTED SCHUHMANN", accessed 27 Sept 2016
  8. Carl Schuhmann, accessed 27 Sept 2016 (with picture)
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 SR/Olympic Sports: Carl Schuhmann, accessed 27 Sept 2016
  10. Wikipedia: Carl Schuhmann, accessed 27 Sept 2016
  11. "ATHENS 1896 POSTSCRIPT", accessed 27 Sept 2016

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Schumhmann-1 and Schuhmann-23 appear to represent the same person because: This is the same person. Schuhmann is the correct spelling. See sources.
posted by Kristin Merritt