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Valentine Bialas

Full name: Valentine Bialas
Gender: Male
Born: January 10, 1903 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 9, 1965 in Utica, New York, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Valentine Bialas had a very long speed skating career that came to a tragic end. Never a national champion, his biggest championship was the International Speed Skating title in Detroit in 1926. He also later established an American record for two miles, with a time of 5:35.5 set in 1929 in Lake Placid. After competing in three Winter Olympics, Bialas continued to compete and made the 1936 Winter Olympic team as well. But after returning from a meet while training for the Olympics, he was involved in a serious accident when his car was struck by a train, and he lost a leg from the injury. After being fitted with a prosthesis, he continued to skate recreationally and also played in city tennis tournaments. He was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1963. In his hometown of Utica, New York, the Val Bialas Ski Center is named in his honor.

Personal Bests: 500 – 46.4 (1928); 1500 – 2:24.5 (1933); 5000 – 8:48.7 (1933); 10000 – 18:17.1 (1933).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Winter 21 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 6
1924 Winter 21 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 8
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 17
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 6
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 6
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA AC
1932 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 5

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 17 46.5

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6 2:26.3

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1924 Winter 21 Chamonix Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6 8:55.0
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6 9:06.3 1:02.5 1:43.2 2:27.8 3:11.6 3:55.0 4:39.0 5:23.7 6:08.0 6:52.8 7:38.0 8:22.7

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1924 Winter 21 Chamonix Speed Skating United States Final Standings 8 18:34.0
1928 Winter 25 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings AC 21:05.4 49 1:35 2:23 3:09 3:52 4:44 5:32.5 6:21 7:12 8:00 8:50.5 9:41 10:32 11:22 12:15 13:08 13:58 14:50 15:43 16:36 17:30.5 18:26 19:19 20:13
1932 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Final Round 5
1932 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Round One Heat 1 3 Q
1932 Winter 29 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Original Round One Heat 1 2