Bill Carow

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameWilliam Ambrose "Bill"•Carow
Used nameBill•Carow
Born9 June 1924 in Duluth, Minnesota (USA)
Died24 November 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin (USA)
AffiliationsWASSC, West Allis (USA)
NOC United States


Bill Carow played center on the football team at Madison Central High School, helping them win a Wisconsin state title. After high school he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps serving as a pilot on the B-24 bomber. He flew 50 missions and then was returned to the US to train pilots until the end of the war. Carow was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, 10 Air Medals, The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and the World War II Victory Medal. After World War II, Bill Carow attended the University of Wisconsin where he majored in education and briefly worked as a teacher, but Carow mostly worked as a fireman, serving for over 40 years with the Madison Fire Department. Carow began skating competitively at age 12, and resumed the sport after the War, despite working a full-time job and raising a family. He was inducted into the Madison Sports Hall of Fame in 1969.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.3 (1969); 1500 – 2:23.0 (1959); 5000 – 10:53.8 (1956).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Bill Carow
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
1960 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Bill Carow
500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF