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Leo Freisinger

Full name: Leonhard "Leo" Freisinger
Gender: Male
Born: February 7, 1916 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 29, 1985 in Mission Viejo, California, United States
Affiliations: Chicago CYO, Chicago (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

The 1936 bronze medal was really the first major breakthrough for Leo Freisinger. Only 19 when he won the medal, his greatest years came after the Garmisch Olympics. In 1937 and 1938 he was U.S. National Indoor champion and in 1940 he was National and North American Outdoor champion. Also in 1938, at a meet in Davos, Switzerland, Freisinger broke the world record for 500 meters then held by the Norwegian, Hans Engnestangen. The record was not ratified because, skating in the next pair, Engnestangen beat Freisinger's time to regain the record. Leo Freisinger was also selected to represent the United States in the 1940 Olympics – which were never held. For a speed skater, Freisinger had a very unusual career – he became a figure skater in professional ice shows, although he also did some barrel jumping. Freisinger was later head coach of the 1964 Olympic speed skating team.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.9 (1938); 1500 – 2:18.9 (1938); 5000 – 8:41.4 (1938).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 19 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1936 Winter 19 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 4

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 19 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating United States Final Standings 3 44.0

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1936 Winter 19 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 2:21.3 28.5 1:04.0 1:41.0
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