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Bill Disney

Full name: Bill Dale Disney
Gender: Male
Height: 5-6.5 (169 cm)
Weight: 141 lbs (64 kg)
Born: April 3, 1932 in Topeka, Kansas, United States
Died: April 22, 2009 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona, United States
Affiliations: Glacier Falls Skating Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Brother of Jack Disney.

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Bill Disney never won a major outdoor title at pack style speed skating, but he was the U.S. National and North American Indoor champion in 1955. Almost exclusively a sprinter, Bill Disney skated an excellent time of 40.3 seconds at Squaw Valley to finish second to the Russian great, Yevgeny Grishin. Although it was never recognized by the International Skating Union, only a few weeks before the Olympics, Disney had skated 500 meters in 40.1 seconds to break Grishin's world mark. In 1964 Bill Disney was given the honor of carrying the United States flag into the stadium at the opening ceremonies of the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Disney like most speed skaters, also competed as a cyclist, but not with the success of his brother, Jack Disney, who made the U.S. Olympic team three times in that sport. Following his competitive days, Bill Disney coached many top U.S. speed skaters.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.8 (1964); 1500 – 2:14.4 (1964).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 2 Silver
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 8T

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Winter 27 Squaw Valley Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2 40.3
1964 Winter 31 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 8T 41.1
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