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Pat McNamara

Full name: Matthew Patrick Francis "Pat" McNamara
Nickname(s): Mack, Fran
Gender: Male
Born: December 2, 1925 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 24, 2011 in Plymouth, Minnesota, United States
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Pat McNamara enlisted in the Marines shortly after his 18th birthday, and spent three years fighting in the Pacific. On his return home he became a psychology major at the University of Minnesota, where he worked his way through school, and supported his skating career as a landscaper. He skated around Minneapolis at the Minneapolis Arena and at Powderhorn Park. After the 1952 Winter Olympics, he spent the winter of 1952-53 training and competing in Norway. Although considered a better distance skater prior to that year, he excelled at the 500 metres in Norway, winning 12 of 15 races and posting the best time of the year. McNamara also made the 1960 Winter Olympic team, but by then his son had been born and he stayed back in Minnesota to work, eventually spending 31 years working with Northern States Power. The story of his Olympic and European tours was told in 2007 in a documentary film, "My Name is McNamara".

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.3 (1953); 1500 – 2:15.2 (1956); 5000 – 8:10.6 (1956); 10000 – 17:45.6 (1956).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 18
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 24
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 16
1956 Winter 30 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 20
1956 Winter 30 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 17
1956 Winter 30 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 27T

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 18 2:25.5 30 1:07 1:46
1956 Winter 30 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 20 2:15.2 29.0 1:03.7 1:39.2

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 24 8:53.4 1:02 1:43 2:26 3:08 3:51 4:34 5:17 5:59 6:43 7:27 8:10
1956 Winter 30 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 17 8:10.6 22.8 1:01.5 1:40.5 2:19.0 2:57.6 3:36.0 4:14.5 4:52.9 5:31.7 6:11.3 6:51.1 7:31.0

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1952 Winter 26 Oslo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 16 18:08.7 44 1:27 2:09 2:52 3:35 4:18 5:01 5:45 6:28 7:12 7:56 8:39 9:23 10:07 10:51 11:35 12:19 13:02 13:46 14:30 15:14 15:57 16:40 17:24
1956 Winter 30 Cortina d'Ampezzo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 27T 17:45.6 47.4 1:28.9 2:10.1 2:51.0 3:32.8 4:14.4 4:56.3 5:38.1 6:20.6 7:03.0 7:45.6 8:28.2 9:10.4 9:52.5 10:34.8 11:16.8 11:59.4 12:41.8 13:24.1 14:07.0 14:50.3 15:33.2 16:17.2 17:01.3
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