Eugen Schmidt

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.[1]

Olympic medal record
Men's tug of war
Representing a Olympic flag.svg Mixed team
Gold medal – first place 1900 Paris Team competition
Schmidt in 1896

BackgroundEdit

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,[2] and also held down a full-time job. Between 1885-1899 he was a brewmaster at Carlsberg.[3] He would also write for a sports magazine and had a few sports books published.[4]

OlympicsEdit

Schmidt competed in two events at the 1896 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. In the 100 metres event, he finished fourth in his heat and didn't advance to the final.[5] He also competed in the military rifle event, finishing tied for twelfth place with 845 points; Schmidt hit the target 12 times out of his 40 shots.[6]

Four years later, Schmidt competed at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris, France. This time he was competing for the mixed team in the tug of war, with the team consisting of three Danish and three Swedish athletes. The American team withdrew so Schmidt's team was up against the French team in the final. The mixed side won the first two pulls and so were awarded the gold medal.[7]

In the 1912 he was back on the Olympic scene as the director for the Danish rowing team at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Eugen Schmidt". Olympedia. Retrieved 20 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Eugen Scmidt, Bio". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  3. ^ "The Olympic Master". carlsberg.com. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Eugen Schmidt". gravsted.dk. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  5. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's 100 metres Round One". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  6. ^ "Shooting at the 1896 Athina Summer Games: Men's Military Rifle, 200 metres". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Tug-Of-War at the 1900 Paris Summer Games: Men's Tug-Of-War". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Archived from the original on 18 April 2020. Retrieved 26 February 2017.