Former Jamaican Olympic weightlifter is dead

By January 05, 2019
Calvin Stamp, Weightlifting competition, Albert Gersten Pavilion, at the 1984 Summer Olympics, August 1, 1984. Calvin Stamp, Weightlifting competition, Albert Gersten Pavilion, at the 1984 Summer Olympics, August 1, 1984.

Former Jamaican Olympic weightlifter, Calvin Stamp, is dead. 

Stamp, the island’s finest performer, reportedly died in a car crash in Atlanta in December but news of the 60-year-old’s demise has been slow in coming.

Stamp, who was throwing coach at Grayson High Scholl in Loganville, Georgia, leaves behind his daughter, Natasha Stamp, a student-athlete at the University of Southern California.

Stamp competed in the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, finishing ninth overall in the heavyweight category, returning to the big stage four years later in Seoul, South Korea, where he finished 11th in the same weight division.

1988 marked the last time a Jamaican made it to the Olympics as a weightlifter.

The weightlifter also earned bronze medals at the 1983 and 1987 Pan-American Games in the 110 KG category and again in 1991 as a heavyweight.

Stamp joined rarified air for Jamaicans at the Pan-Am games, becoming just the second man in the country’s history to win a medal, following Don Heron, a silbver medallist from 1951.

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