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Memorable Manitobans: Albert H. Olsen (1922-2008)

Athlete, fireman.

Born at Lac du Bonnet on 10 September 1922, he moved to Winnipeg in the early 1940s where he pursued an interest in football and wrestling. He played football for Daniel McIntyre Collegiate, the University of Manitoba and, in 1943 while serving in the Air Force, played in the Grey Cup for the RCAF Blue Bombers against the Hamilton Wildcats. He was also active in amateur wrestling. He won many provincial championships and, in 1948, he narrowly missed qualifying for the Olympics in London when he lost in extra time in the final at the Canadian championships. After his amateur career he wrestled professionally for a few years before joining the Winnipeg Fire Department where he worked for over 38 years before retiring in 1987. He died on 21 August 2008.

Sources:

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 25 August 2008.

“Manitobans’ Legacy a Better Province,” Winnipeg Free Press, 4 January 2009, page B3.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 30 March 2016

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