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Alex Hurd

Full name: Alexander Brengle "Alex" Hurd
Gender: Male
Born: July 21, 1910 in Montréal, Québec, Canada
Died: May 28, 1982 in Tampa, Florida, United States
Affiliations: Sudbury
Country: CAN Canada
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Although he only competed at one Winter Olympics, speed skater Alex Hurd managed to claim two medals: a bronze in the men's 500 meters and a silver in the 1,500 meters. Immediately after, he won that year's St. Louis Silver Skates competition. After his Olympic victory, he won many championships over the remainder of the decade, most notably the North American Mass-start Indoor Championships three times in 1933, 1935 and 1936, setting a North American record in the two mile event in the process. As a miner with the Vale Inco mining company (then known as Inco) Hurd, who had been chosen for the 1936 Canadian Olympic Team on the condition that he pay his own way to Berlin, lost his opportunity to attend the games when his employer refused to help fund him. The company would have funded Hurd on the condition that the miners raised money as well, an idea that they protested based on their belief of "No money for Hitler". Recently married, in December 1935, he could not afford to attend the Games out of his own pocket, but nevertheless continued professional speed skating until the end of the decade. During World War II, he performed with "Stars on Ice" at the Rockefeller Center in New York, which, by 1942, was the most popular show in the history of the arena.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.8 (1934); 1500 – 2:27.1 (1934); 5000 – 8:50.6 (1934); 10000 – 19:20.0 (1934).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Canada CAN 3 Bronze
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Canada CAN 2 Silver
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Canada CAN 7 h1 r1/2
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Canada CAN 7

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Final Round 3
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat 3 1 Q 44.9

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Final Round 2
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat 3 2 Q

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat 1 7

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Final Round 7
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Round One Heat 1 1 Q/OR 17:56.2
1932 Winter 21 Lake Placid Speed Skating Canada Original Round One Heat 1 1 OR 17:41.3
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