Roger Capan

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRoger James•Capan
Used nameRoger•Capan
Born20 May 1945 in Sioux City, Iowa (USA)
Died2 March 2013 in Gulf Shores, Alabama (USA)
Measurements191 cm / 93 kg
AffiliationsUS Air Force, (USA)
NOC United States


Roger Capan won one US championship in speed skating, in 1957 when he was the US Midget Boys champion. He was a five-time state champion in Missouri. He later attended the University of Illinois, graduating with a degree in biomechanics, but was in the US Air Force in 1968 when he made the Olympic team. Capan became a track coach at the University of Illinois and the University of Nebraska. From 1976-79 he was an instructor and director of strength development and close quarters combat at the US Military Academy. He has since worked in law enforcement, in 2008 with the Texas Association of Property and Evidence Inventory Technicians. Capan also later competed in golf long-driving competitions.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.5 (1968); 1500 – 2:12.1 (1968); 5000 – 8:37.0 (1972).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Roger Capan
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) =34