Guy Carlton

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Guy Albert Carlton (January 16, 1954 – May 11, 2001) was an American weightlifter who won a bronze medal at the 1984 Summer Olympics and a silver medal at the 1979 Pan American Games.[2]

Guy Carlton
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Carlton at the 1984 Olympics
Personal information
Birth nameGuy Albert Carlton
Born(1954-01-16)January 16, 1954
Amherst, Ohio, U.S.
DiedMay 11, 2001(2001-05-11) (aged 47)
Arrowsmith, Illinois, U.S.
Height1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight110 kg (240 lb)
Country United States
ClubYork Barbell Club[1]

Sporting careerEdit

Based out of Colorado, Carlton was the US National Heavyweight Champion twice, in 1981 and 1984.[1][3]

At the 1984 Summer Olympics, Carlton was a bronze medalist in the heavyweight competition, held at Loyola Marymount University's Albert Gersten Pavilion.[4] In his final clean and jerk, with the bronze medal secure, the 30-year old went for the gold medal by attempting a personal best lift of 225 kg, but was unable to get the bar to his chest.[5] His previous best total, 377.5 kg, was enough for the bronze medal, behind Italy's Norberto Oberburger and Romanian lifter Ştefan Taşnadi.[6] He remains, along with Mario Martinez, the last American male to win an Olympic weightlifting medal, as of 2016.[7]

Personal lifeEdit

Born in Amherst, Ohio to Guy E. and Elizabeth Carlton, he later moved to Illinois and went to high school in Decatur, then college at Eastern Illinois University.[8]

He married wife Jan Dodd in 1980 and was a father to four daughters.[9]


Carlton was found dead from gunshot wounds at his home in Arrowsmith, Illinois in May 2001. Notes found at the scene, as well as witness testimony, suggested that Carlton had intended to take his own life. His death was ruled a suicide.[10]


  1. ^ a b Guy Carlton. Sports-Reference
  2. ^ Guy Carlton.
  3. ^ "Senior National Weightlifting Champions". Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  4. ^ "Weight Lifting; Gold for Italy's Oberburger". The New York Times. August 8, 1984. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  5. ^ Moffit, David (August 8, 1984). "Untitled". United Press International. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  6. ^ "Italian Lifter Wins Gold; Us 3rd". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. August 8, 1984. p. 5B. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  7. ^ Jacobson, Cole. "Team USA's Only Male Weightlifter Has Vegan Diet". Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  8. ^ "Weighed down by Russians". The Age. March 11, 1983. p. 26. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  9. ^ "Obituaries". The Pantagraph. May 14, 2001. p. 5. Retrieved August 20, 2016.
  10. ^ "Ex-Olympian's death ruled suicide". The Pantagraph. June 29, 2001. p. 5. Retrieved August 20, 2016.