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Jeanne Ashworth

Full name: Jeanne Chesley Ashworth (-Walker)
Nickname(s): Jean
Gender: Female
Height: 5-1.5 (157 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: July 1, 1938 in Burlington, Vermont, United States
Affiliations: Lake Placid Speed Skating Club, Lake Placid (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

In the first official Olympic speed skating for women, Jeanne Ashworth finished behind a German and a Russian to take a bronze medal. In the late 50s and early 60s, Ashworth and the other Jeanne, Omelenchuk, monopolized American speed skating – Ashworth winning 11 national championships and Omelenchuk eight. In the following years, Ashworth trained in Europe, and competed in the 1962 and 1963 World Championships, placing 10th both times (and best American). At the 1964 US Olympic Trials, held in Colorado Springs at 2,865 m above sea level, she won the 500 m in 44.4 which was below the World Record, but her time was not recognised as such. In the Olympics themselves, in Innsbruck, she just missed out on a medal, finishing behind three Soviet skaters.

Jeanne Ashworth was also an excellent softball player, and competed in that sport on a national level. In 1960 she received a B.S. degree in physical therapy from an affiliate school of Tufts. She later settled near Lake Placid, where she helped run the family toy and candy company. When the 1980 Olympics were held there, Ashworth was part of the Organising Committee, and went to Greece to bring the Olympic Flame to Lake Placid. Later, Jeanne Ashworth became Town Supervisor of Wilmington, New York (about 1,000 inhabitants), a function comparable with mayor.

Personal Best\: 500 – 44.4 (1963); 1000 – 1:34.7 (1968); 1500 – 2:30.3 (1968); 3000 – 5:14.0 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 8
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 11
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres United States USA 8
1964 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 4T
1964 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 11T
1964 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres United States USA 11
1968 Winter 29 Grenoble Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 7
1968 Winter 29 Grenoble Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 16
1968 Winter 29 Grenoble Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres United States USA 10

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating United States Final Standings 3 46.1
1964 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4T 46.2

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating United States Final Standings 8 1:36.5 21 57
1964 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 11T 1:38.7 21 57
1968 Winter 29 Grenoble Speed Skating United States Final Standings 7 1:34.7 20 56

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating United States Final Standings 11 2:33.7 31 1:10 1:51
1968 Winter 29 Grenoble Speed Skating United States Final Standings 16 2:30.3 29 1:07 1:48

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 2c
1960 Winter 21 Squaw Valley Speed Skating United States Final Standings 8 5:28.5 1:03 1:44 2:27 3:11 3:57 4:43
1964 Winter 25 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 11 5:30.3 1:06 1:49 2:32 3:15 4:00 4:45 23
1968 Winter 29 Grenoble Speed Skating United States Final Standings 10 5:14.0 1:01 1:41 2:22 3:04 3:47 4:30 21
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