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Richard Donovan

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Edward•Donovan
Used nameRichard•Donovan
Born29 May 1901 in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA)
Died13 May 1985 in Saint Paul, Minnesota (USA)
Measurements166 cm / 75 kg
NOC United States


A native of St. Paul, Minnesota, Duke Donovan competed in major US speed skating competitions from 1921 through 1926. His biggest victory was in the All-around at the International Silver Cup in 1922. In the US Championships All-around, he was second in 1923 and third in 1922. He also had second place finishes in the 1923 Adirondack Gold Cup and the 1924 International, held in Saint John, New Brunswick. Donovan worked as a clerk in St. Paul during his competitive career.

Personal Bests: 5000 – 9:05.6 (1924); 10000 – 18:57.0 (1924).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1924 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Richard Donovan
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 8
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 9


Date of birth previously shown as 25 April 1902.