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Hank Whisher

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFloyd Edward "Hank"•Whisher
Used nameHank•Whisher
Born23 June 1927 in Au Sable Forks, New York (USA)
Died26 October 1991 in Houston, Texas (USA)
Measurements196 cm / 145 kg
AffiliationsAu Sable Bobsled Club
NOC United States


Hank Whisher was not originally chosen for the 1952 bobsled team, but braked for Fred Fortune when his original brakeman, Jack Helmer, was injured. A huge man at 6-5 (196 cm) and 320 lbs. (145 kg), Whisher played football at Ithaca College, graduating in 1951 and is a member of the Ithaca College Hall of Fame. He later earned a masters’ degree from Ithaca in 1958. Whisher was the 1947 North American 2-man champion with driver Joseph Meconi, representing the AuSable Forks American Legion Bobsled Club. Whisher had a brief try-out for pro football with the Philadelphia Eagles, but later became a teacher and track coach at Niskayuna High School in Niskayuna, New York. A track meet was named in his honor at the school.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Bobsleigh (Bobsleigh) USA Hank Whisher
Two, Men (Olympic) Fred Fortune, Jr. 7