Name: Parry O'Brien
Sport: Track and Field
Event(s): Shot put
DOB: 1/28/1932
Birthplace: Santa Monica, Calif.
Hometown: Santa Monica, Calif.
High School: Santa Monica High School (Santa Monica, Calif.)
College: University of Southern California
Olympic Experience
  • Four-time Olympian (1952, 1956, 1960, 1964); three-time Olympic medalist (2 golds, 1 silver)
  • Helsinki 1952, gold (shot put)
  • Melbourne 1956, gold (shot put)
  • Rome 1960, silver (shot put)
  • Tokyo 1964, 4th (shot put)
Personal: Played football and ran track and field at Santa Monica High School....Toured Europe with a selected American team of shot-putters as a freshman at the University of Southern California...Studied physics, aerodynamics, religion and yoga because he thought they might help him throw the shot further...Went into mortgage banking in Los Angeles upon graduating college...Won both the shot put and discus events at the Senior Sports International competition in 1971...Married to wife, Terri...Father to two daughters, Shauna and Erin.