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Bill Steinmetz

Full name: William Imbs "Bill" Steinmetz
Gender: Male
Born: February 24, 1899 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 25, 1988 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: American Norwegian A.C., New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Bill Steinmetz was a native Midwesterner who was greatly influenced by his trip to France for the first Winter Olympics. Steinmetz had won the 1922 US Long-Track National All-arounds for his biggest victory, although he also won the 1922 International Diamond Trophy and the 1923 Chicago Silver Skates competitions. While in Europe, the US team dined at luxurious homes in both Paris and London, and Steinmetz, who until then had been working as an electrician, later related in an article in Sports Illustrated, "Boy, were those people sophisticated! I watched them. I listened to them, and I saw right then that I didn't know anything but skating. I swore I was going to broaden my horizons." On his return he took public-speaking courses, and eventually became a salesman, making a fortune selling electric toasters, fans, and radios. He settled in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in his later life.

Personal Bests: 500 – 47.8 (1924); 1500 – 2:36.0 (1924); 5000 – 9:35.0 (1924).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1924 Winter 24 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 14
1924 Winter 24 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 12
1924 Winter 24 Chamonix Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 14

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Winter 24 Chamonix Speed Skating United States Final Standings 14 47.8

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Winter 24 Chamonix Speed Skating United States Final Standings 12 2:36.0

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1924 Winter 24 Chamonix Speed Skating United States Final Standings 14 9:35.0
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