Norbert Schemansky, American weightlifter, Died at 92


Norbert “Norb” Schemansky was born on May 30, 1924, and died on September 7, 2016.

He was an American weightlifter.

Norbert Schemansky was the first weightlifter to win four Olympic medals, despite missing the 1956 Summer Olympics due to back problems.

Norbert won a silver medal in the 1948 Summer Olympic Games, a gold in the 1952 Summer Olympics and bronzes in the 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics.

He was a three-time world champion and a Pan American Games gold medalist.

In his long weightlifting career (1947–1972) he set 13 official and 11 unofficial world records.

During 1997 he was inducted into the International Weightlifting Federation Hall of fame.

Norbert Schemansky was born and raised in Detroit and from 1959 until his death in 2016 lived in Dearborn, Michigan, where a city park was named for him.

Before his many years of Olympic weightlifting competition, Schemansky served in World War II with the 184th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Battalion and fought at the Battle of the Bulge.

Norbert Schemansky passed away at 92 years old.