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John O'Neil Farrell

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 0
Bronze 1
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameJohn O'Neil•Farrell
Used nameJohn O'Neil•Farrell
Born28 August 1906 in Hammond, Indiana (USA)
Died20 June 1994 in Evergreen Park, Illinois (USA)
NOC United States


Chicagoan John O’Neil Farrell won his only major championship in 1926, taking the International Outdoor Championship at pack style skating. Competing overseas only in 1928, he won a bronze medal in the Olympic 500 m in a three-way tie for third. Farrell continued to compete and was again selected for the 500m at the 1932 Olympics, where he reached the final. He returned for his third Olympics in 1936, as the coach of the US Olympic speed skating team. He later worked as a department manager at a Sears department store.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.6 (1928); 1500 – 2:26.8 (1928); 5000 – 9:21.8 (1928); 10000 – 20:00.9 (1932).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA John O'Neil Farrell
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =3 Bronze
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 8
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 17
1932 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA John O'Neil Farrell
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 6
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1928 Winter Olympics 13 February 1928 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Final Standings 43.6 =3