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Ken Bartholomew

Full name: Kenneth Eldred "Ken" Bartholomew (Bartholomay-)
Gender: Male
Born: February 10, 1920 in Leonard, North Dakota, United States
Died: October 9, 2012 in Bloomington, Minnesota, United States
Affiliations: Lawrence Wennell Powderhorn Skating Club
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)


Ken Bartholomew won more national speed skating championships than any other American. He was the United States' National Outdoor Champion 14 times – in 1939, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950-57, 1959, and 1960. He also won the North American Outdoor Championship in 1941, 1942, and 1956. In 1948, he and teammate [Bobby Fitzgerald] tied for the silver medal in the 500m with a time of 43.2 seconds. After retiring from competition, Bartholomew promoted youth programs in speed skating, and worked as a lineman for Northwestern Bell. He was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 1959 and the National Speedskating Hall of Fame in 1968.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.2 (1948); 1500 – 2:26.8 (1948).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Winter 27 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 2T Silver

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1948 Winter 27 Sankt Moritz Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2T 43.2 10.6
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