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Ray Blum

Full name: Raymond Edward "Ray" Blum
Gender: Male
Born: April 11, 1919 in Nutley, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 5, 2010 in Little Falls, New Jersey, United States
Affiliations: Paterson Skating Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Ray Blum competed for the Paterson Skating Club, but excelled in both speed skating and cycling. He began cycling at the Nutley Velodrome, where he trained prior to being drafted and transferred to the Great Lakes Naval Station. After serving in World War II, Blum attended the Newark College of Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), graduating with an engineering degree in 1950. But he continued to compete in both sports, winning the US Cycling Omnium Championship in 1949, and in speed skating, he tied for first at the 1950 North American outdoor championships and 1952 North American indoor championship. He is a member of the NJIT Highlanders' Hall of Fame and the US Speedskating Hall of Fame. Blum and his wife later settled in Downey, California where he continued to ride bikes and race some into his 70s.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.7 (1948); 1500 – 2:23.4 (1948); 5000 – 8:54.4 (1948).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 20
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 17

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 20 2:23.4 29 1:05 1:43

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
1948 Winter 28 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 17 8:54.4 1:03 1:45 2:27 3:10 3:53 4:36 5:20 6:04 6:49 7:33 8:14
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