Born: October 11 , 1863
Died: November 10, 1912
Place of Birth: Saint-Cyprien-de-Napierville, Quebec
Louis Cyr was a strongman who became famous when he returned to Quebec in 1882.
lifted 500 pounds (227 kg) weight with his finger and pushed a freight car up an incline.
also beat Eugen San's bench press record (and therefore the heaviest weight lifted with one hand) by 2 pounds to a total of 273 pounds (124 kg).
greatest feat occurred in 1895, when he was reported to have lifted 4,337 pounds (1,967 kg) on his back in Boston by putting 18 men on a platform and lifting them.
In The Strongest Man in History, Ben Weider says that Cyr's records remain "uncontested and incontestable."
Cyr died in 1912 of Bright's disease (now known as chronic nephritis).
Both the Parc Louis-Cyr and the Place des Hommes-Forts ("Strongmen's Square") are named after him.
Statues of him are located at Place des Hommes-Forts and the Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City.
highschool in his hometown of Napierville is also named after him
For detailed research and more information, check out the following:
The Human Marvels
Physical Culture Museum
Credit to Jonathan B
Last Updated: November 11, 2011
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