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Paul Enock

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full namePaul Alan•Enock
Used namePaul•Enock
Born9 July 1934 in Sydney, New South Wales (AUS)
Died24 February 2013 in Langley, British Columbia (CAN)
Measurements182 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsEdmonton
NOC Canada

Biography

Canadian speed skater Paul Enock was originally a competitive cyclist who found moderate success in his home country and at the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games. In the latter he finished joint 18th in the 1km time trial, 12th in the 4000m individual pursuit, and outside of the medals in the 10 mile scratch race. He had always considered his cycling efforts to be training for a competitive speed skating career and, by the 1960s, he had begun living and studying in Norway and switched disciplines. In 1962 he unofficially bested the 3000m world record, allegedly while wearing his wife Eva’s nylon panties, after Eva ironed a hole through his woolen tights. This led to a rapid transition in the skating world from wool and cotton suits to ones made from artificial fibers and a subsequent improvement on many old records.

Enock became ill with the flu shortly after this feat and missed most of the remainder of the season. In November 1962 he was involved in a car crash in Sweden that killed Eva and caused him serious injury. Although he broke several Canadian records during his slow return to top form over the following two years, he was not selected to represent Canada at the 1964 Winter Olympics. In 1967, however, he became the Canadian overall national champion and was then able to attend the 1968 Winter Olympics, where he finished 15th in the 10,000m event and 19th in the 5,000m tournament. He retired from active competition soon thereafter and was coach of the Canadian National Team during the late 1970s.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.6 (1968); 1000 – 1:30.8 (1963); 1500 – 2:13.3 (1968); 5000 – 7:45.3 (1965); 10000 – 16:09.8 (1965).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1968 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Paul Enock
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 19
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 15