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Avery Brundage

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Inducted: 1974, administrator

Born: September 28, 1887
Deceased: May 8, 1975


Career Highlights

  • President of the International Olympic Committee, 1929-1953

A highly successful businessman, Avery Brundage was equally successful as an athlete and administrator. As an athlete, he was three-time National AAU champion in the decathlon and pentathlon. At the 1912 Olympics, he was 22nd in the discus, fifth in the pentathlon and 14th in the decathlon. He devoted almost half a century to the administration of track and field, serving as many as four positions concurrently. Brundage was president of the Central Amateur Athletic Union from 1928 to 1933; president of the AAU in those same years and again in 1935; and president of the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1929 to 1953. After becoming a member of the International Olympic Committee in 1936, he became its president from 1952 to 1972. A multimillionaire contractor, Brundage devoted a large portion of his fortume to amateur athletics.

Championships
1912 Olympics: Discus Throw (22nd)
1912 Olympics: Pentathlon (5th)
1912 Olympics: Decathlon (14th)

Education
high school: Chicago English (Chicago, Illinois), 1905
undergraduate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Champaign, Illinois), 1909

Occupations
Businessman
Track & field administrator

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