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Pétur Rögnvaldsson

Full name: Pétur (-Peter) Rögnvaldsson (-Ronson)
Gender: Male
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)
Country: ISL Iceland
Sport: Athletics


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).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Men's 110 metres Hurdles Iceland ISL 6 h4 r1/4

Men's 110 metres Hurdles

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T(H) T(A)
1960 Summer 26 Roma Athletics Iceland Round One Heat Four 6 15.2 15.38
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