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 Parry O'Brien

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Parry O'Brien Famous memorial

Original Name
William Parry O'Brien Jr.
Birth
Santa Monica, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death
21 Apr 2007 (aged 75)
Santa Clarita, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes given to family or friend
Memorial ID
19057926 View Source

Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. Born in Santa Monica, California, he was pioneer of a shot-putting style that helped him win the Gold Medal during the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympic Games and a Silver Medal during the 1960 Summer Olympic Games. While attending college at the University of Southern California, he won numerous national titles and would set and break many world records. He was selected as a member of the 1952 United States Track and Field Olympic Team that participated in the Summer Games held in Helsinki, Finland that year, and defeated two other members of the American team with a then-Olympic Games record winning throw of 17.41 meters to take the Gold. Four years later, at the 1956 Summer Games held in Melbourne, Australia, he successfully defended his Gold Medal, winning with another Olympic record throw of 18.57 meters. Three weeks before the Games he had set the world Shot Put record with a throw of 19.25 meters at the American Olympic Track and Field trials in Los Angeles, California. In amatuer competition is was unbeatable in the 1950s, winning one hundred and sixteen straight meets, and setting the world Shot Put record seventeen times. Selected as a member of the United States Olympic Track and Field for his third straight time for the 1960 Summer Games in Rome, Italy, he would come in second and win the Silver Medal to fellow American teammate Bill Nieder, who had come in second to Parry O'Brien in the 1956 games. Finally, after selection for a fourth United States Track and Field Olympic team in 1964, he carried the United States Flag in the opening ceremonies in Tokyo, Japan. He came in fourth in those games and retired from competition. He entered business and remained active in athletics, and was inducted into the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974 and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984.

Olympic Games Gold Medalist Athlete. Born in Santa Monica, California, he was pioneer of a shot-putting style that helped him win the Gold Medal during the 1952 and 1956 Summer Olympic Games and a Silver Medal during the 1960 Summer Olympic Games. While attending college at the University of Southern California, he won numerous national titles and would set and break many world records. He was selected as a member of the 1952 United States Track and Field Olympic Team that participated in the Summer Games held in Helsinki, Finland that year, and defeated two other members of the American team with a then-Olympic Games record winning throw of 17.41 meters to take the Gold. Four years later, at the 1956 Summer Games held in Melbourne, Australia, he successfully defended his Gold Medal, winning with another Olympic record throw of 18.57 meters. Three weeks before the Games he had set the world Shot Put record with a throw of 19.25 meters at the American Olympic Track and Field trials in Los Angeles, California. In amatuer competition is was unbeatable in the 1950s, winning one hundred and sixteen straight meets, and setting the world Shot Put record seventeen times. Selected as a member of the United States Olympic Track and Field for his third straight time for the 1960 Summer Games in Rome, Italy, he would come in second and win the Silver Medal to fellow American teammate Bill Nieder, who had come in second to Parry O'Brien in the 1956 games. Finally, after selection for a fourth United States Track and Field Olympic team in 1964, he carried the United States Flag in the opening ceremonies in Tokyo, Japan. He came in fourth in those games and retired from competition. He entered business and remained active in athletics, and was inducted into the United States National Track and Field Hall of Fame in 1974 and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 1984.

Bio by: C.S.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Originally Created by: C.S.
  • Added: 23 Apr 2007
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 19057926
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/19057926/parry-o'brien: accessed ), memorial page for Parry O'Brien (28 Jan 1932–21 Apr 2007), Find a Grave Memorial ID 19057926, ; Maintained by Find a GraveCremated, Ashes given to family or friend.