Born: March 15, 1882 (Pittsburg, Pennsylvania)
Died: March 2, 1953 (Charleston, South Carolina)
Famous For/Known For:
American middle distance runner who won 6 Olympic medals.
A Little About Jim Lightbody:
Born James Davies Lightbody
Lightbody competed for the Chicago Athletic Association while a student at the University of Chicago.
At the Olympics in 1904, Lightbody won individual races by surging in speed each time he entered the homestretch.
Although never having participated in a steeplechase race before, Lightbody won this event and achieved his first Olympic victory.
He went on to win the 800-metre run three days later.
In 1904 Lightbody won the 1,500 metre race, setting a world record at 4 minutes 5.4 seconds.
In 1905 while participating in the half-mile and mile races, Lighbody won National Amateur Athletic Union victories.
In 1906 he won a gold medal by winning the 1,500 metre race.
Lightbody also won a silver medal, coming in second to his teammate, Paul Pilgrim in the 800 metre run.
Jim Lightbody died at the age of 71.