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Bobby Fitzgerald

Full name: Robert Emmett "Bobby" Fitzgerald
Gender: Male
Born: October 3, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: April 22, 2005 in Luverne, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations: Powderhorn Ski Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Bobby Fitzgerald never won a national speed skating title because they were dominated by Ken Bartholomew, although he won the North American title in 1946. In 1948 he tied Bartholomew in the 500m at the St. Moritz Olympics, and they shared the silver medal. Fitzgerald also competed on the 1952 Olympic team. During his career, he set three national records. Enlisted in the US Army during World War II, he was discharged for medical reasons in 1944. He recovered after visiting a chiropractor, and decided to become one himself. He had his own practice by 1952, when he competed in his second Olympics, and continued to run it until suffering a stroke in 1998. During his professional career, he was regularly in dispute with other chiropractors, opposing the application of "unpure" chiropractic.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.1 (1948); 1500 – 2:27.0 (1948); 5000 – 9:28.1 (1948).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 2T Silver OR
1948 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 28
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 15T

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1948 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2T OR 43.2 10.6
1952 Winter 28 Oslo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 15T 44.9

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1948 Winter 24 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 28 2:27.0 30 1:08 1:47