World Sports Hall of Fame 1924: Louis Cyr, John B. Kelly Snr, Joe Malone and Carl Osburn

My latest additions to the Hall of Fame are:

Louis Cyr (Canada – Weightlifting) – he gained international fame for his feats of strength before proper competitions became established.  He worked as a lumberjack and toured to compete against the other renowned strongmen of the time.  In 1895 he did a backlift of 1820 kg which was the greatest weight ever lifted by a human and remained so for many years.  He was undefeated in contests from 1881 to 1906.

John B. Kelly Sr (USA – Rowing) – in his career from 1909 to 1924 he won every title available to him including the Olympic single sculls title in 1920 where he also won the double sculls.  In 1924 he again won the double sculls to become the first man to win three Olympic rowing gold medals.  At single sculls he won 126 consecutive races but wasn’t allowed to compete at the Henley regatta.

Joe Malone (Canada – Ice Hockey) – the first great goalscorer in the history of the NHL.  In the 1917/8 season he scored 44 goals in 20 games which remained the record for a season until 1945 and remains the record for goals/game in a season to this day.  In 1919 he scored 7 goals in one game which is still an NHL record.  He is the only player to play more than 100 games in a career and average over a goal a game.

 Carl Osburn (USA – Shooting) – with a total of eleven medals from the Games of 1912, 1920 and 1924 he is the most successful shooter in Olympic history.  Five were golds with two in individual events,  his speciality being the  military rifle.  His eleven medals were only exceeded by an American male athlete at the Olympics when Michael Phelps overtook his total.

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