The Russian Lion
Hackenschmidt - known as the 'Russian Lion' was born
of German & Swedish descent in Estonia, once part
of the USSR, now independent and rightly proud of
its famous countryman.
'strong-man' from the age of 18 he became a champion
wrestler by 1900. He then continued an unrivaled career
as a word-class wrestler, winning many prestigious
awards. His career culminated in a match with the
renowned Frank Gotch which he lost. He retired in
1911 and went on to write several books on both philosophy
and physical culture.
remained in contact with the fight and strength fraternity.
Hackenschmidt died at the age of 90, in London, in
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