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Ken Bartholomew

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Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKenneth Eldred "Ken"•Bartholomew (Bartholomay-)
Used nameKen•Bartholomew
Born10 February 1920 in Leonard, North Dakota (USA)
Died9 October 2012 in Bloomington, Minnesota (USA)
AffiliationsLawrence Wennell Powderhorn Skating Club
NOC United States


Ken Bartholomew won more national speed skating championships than any other American. He was the United States’ National Outdoor Champion 14 times – in 1939, 1941, 1942, 1947, 1950-57, 1959, and 1960. He also won the North American Outdoor Championship in 1941, 1942, and 1956. In 1948, he and teammate Bobby Fitzgerald tied for the silver medal in the 500m with a time of 43.2 seconds. After retiring from competition, Bartholomew promoted youth programs in speed skating, and worked as a lineman for Northwestern Bell. He was inducted into the Minnesota Sports Hall of Fame in 1959 and the National Speedskating Hall of Fame in 1968.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.2 (1948); 1500 – 2:26.8 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Ken Bartholomew
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =2 Silver