|Norb in action.|
USA Weightlifting lost another legend this week. Along with passing of Tommy Kono last summer, the passing of Norbert Schemansky cuts ties with the generation of Americans who dominated world weightlifting. Norb was known as a blunt speaking, honest and truly strong man who sacrificed a great deal economically to train and travel to represent the United States. He overcame back surgery at a time when it was very primitive as well. His story is amazing and largely unknown outside of hard core iron game insiders. Below is a brief synopsis of his accomplishments on the platform.
Four-time Olympian and weightlifting legend Norbert Schemansky has died at the age of 92.
According to ClickDetroit.com, Schemansky died in hospice care Tuesday night in Dearborn, Michigan, where he lived for 56 years.
Schemansky, one of the most lauded weightlifters in American history, represented the United States at the Olympic Games in 1948, 1952, 1960 and 1962. He won the Gold medal in 1952 at the Games of the XV Olympiad in Helsinki, Finland. He won Silver in 1948 at the Games of the XIV Olympiad in London. Schemansky took home Bronze in both 1960 and 1964 at the Games in Rome and Tokyo. With the Bronze medal in Tokyo, Schemansky became the first weightlifter ever to medal at 4 Olympic Games.
Norbert Schemansky on the May 1951 cover of Strength & Health Magazine
Schemansky set 15 world records during his weightlifting career that spanned nearly 3 decades. "Norb," as he was affectionately known, was a 4-time World Champion and 9-time National Champion. The International Weightlifting Federation inducted him into its Hall of Fame in 1992. Schemansky has also been enshrined in the USA Weightlifting Hall of Fame.
Born on May 30, 1924 in Detroit, "Norb" put his Olympic dreams on hold while he served our country in World War II. Twice he overcame injuries that doctors said would end his weightlifting career. In the mid-1950s, Schemansky suffered a severe back injury. After a risky surgery on his spine, he returned to competition, only to suffer a more serious back injury. After a second successful surgery, Norb returned to weightlifting and ended up on the Olympic medal platform.
"Norb’s passing is a great loss to the Weightlifting community, both in the US and Worldwide. As one of the most decorated weightlifters of all time and a member of the IWF Hall of Fame, Norb was as an inspiration for generations of athletes. We will be keeping Norb in our thoughts in the coming days and weeks," USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
Norbert Schemansky's Career Accomplishments
-1948. 82.5kg – Silver
-1952. 90kg – Gold
-1960/64. 90+kg – Bronze
-1947. 82.5kg – Silver
-1951/53. 90kg – Gold
-1954. 90+kg – Gold
-1962-63. 90+kg – Silver
-1964. 90+kg – Bronze
-1949. 82.5+kg – Gold
-1951-53. 90kg – Gold
-1954/62/64-65. 90+kg – Gold
-1957. 102.5kg – Gold
-Press: 2 records at 90kg
-Snatch: 2 records at 90kg. 3 records at 90+kg
-Clean & Jerk: 5 record at 90kg. 1 records at 90+kg
-Total: 2 records at 90kg