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Terry McDermott

Full name: Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott
Gender: Male
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: September 20, 1940 in Essexville, Michigan, United States
Affiliations: BSSC, (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 1 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

In 1964 they called him the Essexville barber, and Terry McDermott won the only United States gold medal at the 1964 Olympic Winter Games. McDermott was well known as a sprinter in the United States, having won the National Indoor title in 1960 and the North American indoor in 1961. McDermott continued to be a force in the sprints through 1968. He set an American record in the 220 yards which stood for many years, and in 1968, he was again a favorite to take gold in the 500 meters at Grenoble. But on that day Terry McDermott skated late in the field, well after the ice had started to soften in the sun, and he had little chance. Amazingly, he finished in 40.5 to share the silver medal only 2/10ths out of first. Winner Erhard Keller graciously conceded that McDermott had had the best race of the day given the conditions under which he had skated. From 1963 until 1967, Terry McDermott was a barber. In that year, however, he took a job as a manufacturer's representative in the Detroit area. He has also served as a speed skating official and at the 1980 Olympics spoke the Official's Oath at the Opening Ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.6 (1964); 1000 – 1:28.0 (1968); 1500 – 2:22.1 (1968).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Winter 19 Squaw Valley Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 7T
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 2T Silver

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1960 Winter 19 Squaw Valley Speed Skating United States Final Standings 7T 40.9
1964 Winter 23 Innsbruck Speed Skating United States Final Standings 1 OR 40.1
1968 Winter 27 Grenoble Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2T 40.5