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Memorable Manitobans: James Trifunov (1903-1993)

Wrestler and wrestling administrator.

Born in Regina, he won ten Canadian wrestling championships between 1923 and 1932 and wrestled in the 1924, 1928, and 1932 Olympics, winning a bronze medal in 1928. He was transferred to Winnipeg by the Sifton Publishing Company in the 1930s. In 1967 he organized the Pan-Am wrestling championships, and he subsequently lobbied for a permanent home for the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, of which he is a member. He received a Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Medal (1977) and was inducted into the Order of Canada (1981).


Dictionary of Manitoba Biography by John M. “Jack” Bumsted, Winnipeg: University of Manitoba Press, 1999.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 31 May 2011

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