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Mike Gallagher

Full name: Michael Donald "Mike" Gallagher
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0 (183 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: October 3, 1941 in Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: October 3, 2013 in Pittsfield, Vermont, United States
Affiliations: Durango Ski Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Cross Country Skiing

Biography

Mike Gallagher learned to ski from his father, who was a veteran of the 10th Mountain Division. Mike won the 1959 US Junior cross-country title and later attended the University of Colorado, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree from Castleton State College in 1967. While attending Castleton and continuing to train for the 1968 Olympics, Mike raced on the track team, setting New England collegiate records in the 880, one mile and 2-mile events. He also competed frequently in cycling, racing often in New England. Gallagher was a nine-time US Champion in cross-country skiing but was most proud of his 19th place finish at the 1968 Holmenkollen 50 km race. In distance running Gallagher was the first person to win the Mount Washington Road Race in New Hampshire four times, from 1968-71.

After his hi-level racing career ended, Gallagher became a coach, coaching the US National team from 1980-86 and serving as the Olympic cross-country coach in 1980, 1984, and 1992. He coached high school cross-country skiing for 17 years and worked for Mountain Top Inn and Mountain Meadows teaching skiing. An innovator in the ski world, Gallagher worked with several ski companies (Splitkein, Hexell, Edysbyn and Elan) to develop better fiberglass skis, and supported Bill Koch in his development of the skating ski technique. In 2007 Gallagher was inducted to the Vermont Ski Museum Hall of Fame for all his contributions to the Nordic ski industry, while in 2011 he was inducted into the Mount Washington Road Race Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres United States USA 38
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay United States USA 13
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 15 kilometres United States USA 34
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres United States USA 27
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 50 kilometres United States USA 22
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay United States USA 12
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 30 kilometres United States USA 30
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay United States USA 12

Men's 15 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 38 56:19.4 19:44.0 40 39:46.0 39
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 34 52:02.4 18:18.8 26 37:50.5 29

Men's 30 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 27 1-41:58.2 33:36.7 27 1-11:31.3 25
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 30 1-43:39.41 31:51.23 25 1-09:54.97 30

Men's 50 kilometres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T I1T I1R I2T I2R I3T I3R
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing United States Final Standings 22 2-36:26.1 50:46.3 27 1-16:22.8 28 2-09:46.2 24

Men's 4 × 10 kilometres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T ET ER
1964 Winter 22 Innsbruck Cross Country Skiing United States USA Final Standings 13 39:48.7 39:48.7 14
1968 Winter 26 Grenoble Cross Country Skiing United States USA Final Standings 12 33:45.0 33:45.0 6
1972 Winter 30 Sapporo Cross Country Skiing United States USA Final Standings 12 33:09.56 1-06:38.99 10
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