Full name: Pétur (-Peter) Rögnvaldsson (-Ronson)
Height: 6-2.5 (190 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: April 22, 1934 in Siglufjörður, Norðurland eystra, Iceland
Died: January 16, 2007 in Orange County, California, United States
Affiliations: KR, Reykjavík (ISL)
Petur Rögnvaldsson grew up in Iceland where he excelled in track, competing in the hurdles and the decathlon. He attended Southern Cal on a track scholarship. While there, he was spotted by movie producers who were looking for a large, Nordic-looking type for the role of Hans in Journey to the Center of the Earth. One of his track teammates was the son of the producer and Rögnvaldsson was enlisted to play the role and lend some technical expertise to the film. It was his only movie. After the Roma Olympics he settled in California and Americanized his name to Peter Ronson.
Personal Best: 110H – 14.4y (1962).
|1960 Summer||26||Roma||Athletics||Men's 110 metres Hurdles||Iceland||ISL||6 h4 r1/4|
|1960 Summer||26||Roma||Athletics||Iceland||Round One||Heat Four||6||15.2||15.38|