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Herbert Clarke

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameHerbert James•Clarke
Used nameHerbert•Clarke
Born10 April 1879 in Lambeth, Greater London, England (GBR)
Died5 September 1956 in Putney, Greater London, England (GBR)
NOC Great Britain

Biography

Having first competed in the British Amateur Championship in 1911, Herbert Clarke achieved his best finish, third, in 1913-14 and 1922. A member of the Figure Skating Club (later the Royal Figure Skating Club), Clarke’s only other result of note was in finishing third in an international event at St. Moritz in 1914. He was, however, selected for the 1924 Olympics but finished 10th, out of 11. In the late 1920s Clarke became an international judge and officiated at many World Championships, and was the Umpire of Honour for the 1952 Olympics. Having served as a vice president of the International Skating Union (ISU), he was appointed its president in 1945, but was forced to resign due to ill-health in November 1953. One other notable achievement of Clarke’s was in 1935 when, aged 53, he beat the legendary Ulrich Salchow (aged 57) into second place in the “Old Boys Challenge Cup” at St. Moritz.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) GBR Herbert Clarke
Singles, Men (Olympic) 10

Organization roles

Role Organization Tenure NOC As
President International Skating Union 1945—1946 GBR Herbert Clarke
President International Skating Union 1946—1953 GBR Herbert Clarke

Referee

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1928 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) GBR Herbert Clarke
Singles, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #4
Singles, Men (Olympic) Compulsory Figures Judge #4
Singles, Men (Olympic) Free Skating Judge #4
1932 Winter Olympics Figure Skating (Skating) GBR Herbert Clarke
Singles, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #2
Singles, Men (Olympic) Compulsory Figures Judge #2
Singles, Men (Olympic) Free Skating Judge #2
Singles, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #2
Singles, Women (Olympic) Compulsory Figures Judge #2
Singles, Women (Olympic) Free Skating Judge #2
Pairs, Mixed (Olympic) Final Standings Judge #6

Special Notes