Name: Tommy Kono
Sport: Weightlifting
DOB: 6/27/1930
Birthplace: Sacramento, Calif.
Hometown: Sacramento, Calif.
High School: Sacramento High School (Sacramento, Calif.)
College: Sacramento City College
Olympic Experience
  • Three-time Olympian (1952, 1956, 1960); three-time Olympic medalist (2 golds, 1 silver)
  • Helsinki 1952, gold (lightweight)
  • Melbourne 1956, gold (light-heavyweight)
  • Rome 1960, silver (middleweight)
Personal: Had asthma as a child, but experienced improved health due to his home climate in California...Became a mainstay of the U.S. weightlifting team in 1952...Had the unique ability to fluctuate his weight without a significant loss in strength, enabling him to compete in several weight classes...Won 11 national titles and six world titles across three weight classes...First weightlifter to set world records in four separate weight divisions...Won physique titles including Mr. World in 1954 and Mr. Universe in 1955, 1957 and 1961...Served as national weightlifting coach for Mexico, West Germany and the United States for the Olympic Games in 1968, 1972 and 1976...Inducted into the International Weightlifting Hall of Fame.