Lightbody, from Pittsburgh, had great success at the 1904 Summer Olympics, held in St. Louis. He wasn't favoured in any of the three individual events in which he competed, but nevertheless won all three of them.
First, he won the 2500 m steeplechase, sprinting to the 800 m title days later. Finally, he won the 1500 m in a new world record. Later that day, he added a second place to his tally, when he competed with the Chicago Athletic Association in the 4 mile team event.
In 1905, Lightbody won AAU titles in both the 800 m and 1500 m, and the following year he competed in his second Olympics, the Intercalated Games of 1906 in Athens. He successfully defended his 1500 m title, and placed second in the 800 m.
Jim Lightbody died in 1953, two weeks short of his 71st birthday in Charleston, South Carolina.
|Olympic medalists in athletics (men) | Olympic Champions in Men's 800 m|
Teddy Flack | Alfred Tysoe | Jim Lightbody | Paul Pilgrim | Mel Sheppard | Ted Meredith | Albert Hill | Douglas Lowe (twice) | Thomas Hampson | John Woodruff | Mal Whitfield (twice) | Tom Courtney | Peter Snell (twice) | Ralph Doubell | Dave Wottle | Alberto Juantorena | Steve Ovett | Joaquim Cruz | Paul Ereng | William Tanui | Vebjørn Rodal | Nils Schumann | Yuriy Borzakovskiy
|Olympic medalists in athletics (men) | Olympic Champions in Men's 1500 m|
Teddy Flack | Charles Bennett | Jim Lightbody (twice) | Mel Sheppard | Arnold Jackson | Albert Hill | Paavo Nurmi | Harry Larva | Luigi Beccali | Jack Lovelock | Henry Eriksson | Josy Barthel | Ron Delany | Herb Elliott | Peter Snell | Kip Keino | Pekka Vasala | John Walker | Sebastian Coe (twice) | Peter Rono | Fermín Cacho | Noureddine Morceli | Noah Ngeny | Hicham El Guerrouj
|Olympic medalists in athletics (men) | Olympic Champions in Men's steeplechase|
|2500 m steeplechase: George Orton | 2590 m steeplechase: Jim Lightbody | 3200 m steeplechase: Arthur Russell|
|4000 m steeplechase: John Rimmer|
|3000 m steeplechase: Percy Hodge | Ville Ritola | Toivo Loukola | Volmari Iso-Hollo (twice) | Tore Sjöstrand | Horace Ashenfelter | Chris Brasher | Zdzisław Krzyszowiak | Gaston Roelants | Amos Biwott | Kip Keino | Anders Gärderud | Bronisław Malinowski | Julius Korir | Julius Kariuki | Matthew Birir | Joseph Keter | Reuben Kosgei | Ezekiel Kemboi|