Following a family tradition, James George became equally famed in weightlifting as his two brothers. He attended East High in Akron before a pre-medical course at Kent State and subsequently graduation from Ohio State U. His list of weightlifting accomplishments is almost endless: national collegiate champion, state champion, bronze and silver medal winner in the Olympics, member of 10 consecutive All-American teams, world record holder, and many more. George began competing in 1952 at the age of 17. In four years, he was the youngest member of the US Olympic team. After his silver medal in the 1960 Olympics, George continued to score high in international competition. He was fourth in the world meet at age 27.