Allan Potts

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameAllan Wilson•Potts
Used nameAllan•Potts
Born14 May 1904 in Brooklyn, New York, New York (USA)
Died5 November 1952 in New York, New York (USA)
AffiliationsBrooklyn Ice Palace, New York (USA)
NOC United States


Allan Potts was the son of Robert Potts, a pioneer in US speed skating. Allan began competed in speed skating when he was only nine, and had one of the longest careers of any American. In 1924, he finished fourth in the Mid-Atlantic Championships in all-around, and in 1940, he competed in the US Olympic Trials, although he was not selected for his third Olympic team. During his career, he won over 20 major competitions, including the 1928 National Indoors, and he was Mid-Atlantic Champion in both 1934-35. At the 1932 World Championships, Potts placed third in the 500 metres. His career was operating a service station in Elmhurst, Queens. Potts died as he probably wished to, collapsing with a heart attack while skating at the New York City Rink.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.4 (1936); 1500 – 2:26.9 (1936); 5000 – 9:50.6 (1932); 10000 – 20:26.8 (1932).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Allan Potts
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 h3 r1/2
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS
1936 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Allan Potts
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =6
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 32

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