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Gordon Audley

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameGordon Vernon•Audley
Used nameGordon•Audley
Born20 April 1928 in Winnipeg, Manitoba (CAN)
Died1 October 2012 in Orange County, California (USA)
Measurements170 cm
AffiliationsWSSC, Winnipeg (CAN)
NOC(s) Canada


Speed skater Gordon Audley won his first competition at the age of 10 and set Manitoba records in the 110y and 220y events. In 1944 he won the Manitoba Open Championship in the Junior Division and began branching outside of his home province after breaking the Manitoba Intermediate record in 1945. That same year, he won meets in Saskatchewan and Detroit, Michigan before taking the Canadian Championships, the Manitoba Closed and Open and placing second overall in the North American Outdoor Championships. From 1947 through 1957 he won the senior division of the Manitoba Championships five times and placed second twice, as well as placing second in the Canadian Championships three times. He also participated in three Olympic Winter Games, his most notable being in 1952 where he was the Canadian flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremonies and took bronze in the 500m event (Canada’s only individual medal at these games), sharing the honor with Arne Johansen of Norway. After winning his final Manitoba Championship, he retired from the sport, moved to California and was an official at the 1960 Winter Olympics. He has remained athletically active up to his 80th birthday and is a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame (inducted in 1988) and the Canadian Speed Skating Association Hall of Fame.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.2 (1956); 1500 – 2:24.7 (1956); 5000 – 9:55.4 (1952).


Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic =17 Representing Canada    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic =32
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic =3 Bronze Representing Canada    
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic =25 Representing Canada    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 53

Other participations

Games Role Details
1952 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Canada