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Valentine Bialas

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameValentine•Bialas
Used nameValentine•Bialas
Born10 January 1903 in Boston, Massachusetts (USA)
Died9 March 1965 in Utica, New York (USA)
AffiliationsLake Placid Speed Skating Club, Lake Placid (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Valentine Bialas had a very long speed skating career that came to a tragic end. Never a national champion, his biggest championship was the International Speed Skating title in Detroit in 1926. He also later established an American record for two miles, with a time of 5:35.5 set in 1929 in Lake Placid. After competing in three Winter Olympics, Bialas continued to compete and made the 1936 Winter Olympic team as well. But after returning from a meet while training for the Olympics, he was involved in a serious accident when his car was struck by a train, and he lost a leg from the injury. After being fitted with a prosthesis, he continued to skate recreationally and also played in city tennis tournaments. He was inducted into the US Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1963. In his hometown of Utica, New York, the Val Bialas Ski Center is named in his honor.

Personal Bests: 500 – 46.4 (1928); 1500 – 2:24.5 (1933); 5000 – 8:48.7 (1933); 10000 – 18:17.1 (1933).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Representing 2nd NOC As
1924 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Olympic 6 USA Valentine Bialas
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 8
1928 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 17 USA Valentine Bialas
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 6
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 6
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic AC
1932 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres, Men Olympic DNS USA Valentine Bialas
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 5