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Bobby Fitzgerald

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Emmett "Bobby"•Fitzgerald
Used nameBobby•Fitzgerald
Born3 October 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA)
Died22 April 2005 in Luverne, Minnesota (USA)
Measurements170 cm / 64 kg
AffiliationsPowderhorn Ski Club
NOC United States


Bobby Fitzgerald never won a national speed skating title because they were dominated by Ken Bartholomew, although he won the North American title in 1946. In 1948 he tied Bartholomew in the 500m at the St. Moritz Olympics, and they shared the silver medal. Fitzgerald also competed on the 1952 Olympic team. During his career, he set three national records. Enlisted in the US Army during World War II, he was discharged for medical reasons in 1944. He recovered after visiting a chiropractor, and decided to become one himself. He had his own practice by 1952, when he competed in his second Olympics, and continued to run it until suffering a stroke in 1998. During his professional career, he was regularly in dispute with other chiropractors, opposing the application of “unpure” chiropractics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.1 (1948); 1500 – 2:27.0 (1948); 5000 – 9:28.1 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Bobby Fitzgerald
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =2 Silver
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 28
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Bobby Fitzgerald
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =15

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1948 Winter Olympics 31 January 1948 Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Final Standings 43.2 =2