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Avery Brundage

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Olympian in Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games

Born:
September 8, 1887
Birthplace:
Detroit, Michigan
Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois
Died:
May 8, 1975
College:
University of Illinois

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Avery Brundage

Special Contributor

Olympian in Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games

Born:
September 8, 1887
Birthplace:
Detroit, Michigan
Hometown:
Chicago, Illinois
Died:
May 8, 1975
College:
University of Illinois
Photo courtesy International Olympic Committee
Shown here at the Melbourne 1956 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony with the Duke of Edinburgh, Avery Brundage served as president of the International Olympic Committee from 1952 to 1972.
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Born in Detroit and raised in Chicago, Avery Brundage competed in the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games in the pentathlon and decathlon. While he did not earn a medal – American teammate Jim Thorpe won the gold in both events – it marked the start of Brundage’s involvement in the Olympic Movement.

Brundage founded a successful construction business, but it was his contribution to the Olympics for which he was best known.

Brundage rose to become head of the American Olympic Association and subsequently was elected to the International Olympic Committee. In 1952, he was elected president of the IOC, a position he held for 20 years.

Brundage was adamant that only amateur athletes could participate in the Olympics. He also felt strongly that the Olympics should not be commercialized. As head of the national and international Olympic bodies, he often was in the news for controversial decisions made by the organizations.

Brundage died in 1975. He was 87 years old.

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