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Allan Potts

Full name: Allan Wilson Potts
Gender: Male
Born: May 14, 1904 in Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 5, 1952 in New York, New York, United States
Affiliations: Brooklyn Ice Palace, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Allan Potts was the son of Robert Potts, a pioneer in US speed skating. Allan began competed in speed skating when he was only nine, and had one of the longest careers of any American. In 1924, he finished fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Championships in all-around, and in 1940, he competed in the US Olympic Trials, although he was not selected for his third Olympic team. During his career, he won over 20 major competitions, including the 1928 National Indoors, and he was Mid-Atlantic Champion in both 1934-35. At the 1932 World Championships, Potts placed third in the 500 metres. His career was operating a service station in Elmhurst, Queens. Potts died as he probably wished to, collapsing with a heart attack while skating at the New York City Rink.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.4 (1936); 1500 – 2:26.9 (1936); 5000 – 9:50.6 (1932); 10000 – 20:26.8 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 3 h3 r1/2
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 6T
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 32

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1932 Winter 27 Lake Placid Speed Skating United States Round One Heat 3 3
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6T 44.8

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1936 Winter 31 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating United States Final Standings 32 2:31.2 30.0 1:07.5 1:47.5
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