Germany GER


  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
  • Games participations
  • First Olympic Games
    Athens 1896
  • Year of Birth
Olympic Results



Competing in gymnastics, athletics, weightlifting and Greco-Roman wrestling, Germany’s Carl Schuhmann was arguably the biggest star of Athens 1896, winning four gold medals to become the most successful athlete of the first Olympic Games of the modern era.

The Games revived

The date of 23 June 1894 is a momentous one in Olympic history. It was on that distant day, following a proposal made by Pierre de Coubertin, that the Olympic Games were revived in Paris and the International Olympic Committee was founded, with Dimitrios Vikelas of Greece being named its first president. It was also then that Athens was chosen to host the inaugural Games of the modern era, in 1896, some 1,500 years after Greece had staged the last of the Ancient Olympic Games. Their revival reflected a growing interest in sport across the globe, particularly in Europe, where a number of sports clubs and associations had come into being, among them the Berliner Turnerschaft, a gymnastics club founded in the German capital in 1863. One of its most eminent members was a multi-talented athlete by the name of Carl Schuhmann, who at the age of 26 was chosen to represent Germany at Athens 1896.

Warming up

Those inaugural Games were held on 6-15 April 1896 (or from 25 March to 3 April according to the Julian calendar in use in Greece at the time), with the squat and powerfully built Schuhmann making his entrance in the track and field events, held at the magnificent Panathinaiko Stadium, which had been renovated for the occasion. The Munster-born all-rounder competed in the long jump, triple jump and shot put, his best finish being fifth in the second of those events. He also took part in the two-handed weightlifting competition – the forerunner of the clean and jerk – lifting 90kg to take fourth place.

A golden hat-trick

Schuhmann came into his own in the gymnastics events, held before tens of thousands of spectators at the Panathinaiko Stadium on 9 April. Forming part of a peerless 11-man German team captained by Fritz Hofmann, who won silver in the 100m, the lithe Schuhmann helped his country land gold in the horizontal bar and parallel bars events before going on to win the individual vault competition, topping the podium three times on the same day.

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Athens 1896

Unlimited, Two Hands
Unlimited, Two Hands Weightlifting
Long Jump
Long Jump Athletics
Triple Jump
Triple Jump Athletics
Shot Put
Shot Put Athletics
Parallel Bars, Teams
Parallel Bars, Teams Artistic Gymnastics
Horizontal Bar, Teams
Horizontal Bar, Teams Artistic Gymnastics
Horizontal Bar
Horizontal Bar Artistic Gymnastics
Horse Vault
Horse Vault Artistic Gymnastics
Parallel Bars
Parallel Bars Artistic Gymnastics
Rings Artistic Gymnastics
Pommelled Horse
Pommelled Horse Artistic Gymnastics
Unlimited Class, Greco-Roman
Unlimited Class, Greco-Roman Wrestling