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Trifunov, James, 1903-1993

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  • 1903-1993

Trifunov was born on July 18, 1903 in Yarovatz, Serbia. His family immigrated to Canada when he was seven, settling in Regina, Saskatchewan where he would live until 1936 before moving to Winnipeg.

James (Jimmy) Trifunov lived in Regina, Saskatchewan until 1936. Trifunov, was a ten time Canadian amateur wrestling champion, represented Canada at three Olympic Games (1924, 1928 [where he won a bronze medal], and 1932), and won gold at the British Empire Games (now known as the Commonwealth Games) in 1930. After his own wrestling career ended, he continued as a coach and mentor to younger wrestlers, eventually coaching at an additional three Olympics (1952, 1956, 1960), and manager of two other national teams at the Commonwealth Games in 1954 and 1970.

For his contributions, Trifunov was inducted to five sports halls of fame, including Canada's Sports Hall of Fame, and became a member of the Order Canada in 1981.

He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 27, 1993 at the age of 89, and was survived by his wife Mary and son Donald.