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Colin Hickey

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameColin Edward•Hickey
Used nameColin•Hickey
Born3 July 1931 in Fairfield, Victoria (AUS)
Died13 January 1999
Measurements162 cm / 56 kg
NOC Australia

Biography

A skating talent from Melbourne, Hickey left for Norway at age 18 to try his luck. Supporting himself as a lumberjack, he initially struggled without any top results. But by the mid-1950s, he had established himself as a decent skater. At the 1956 Olympics, he achieved two seventh places; the only Australian speed skater to ever do better was Colin Coates. Later that year, Hickey also reached the fourth distance of the World Allround Championships, ranking 11th overall after a 5th place in the 1,500 m. He’d equal that overall performance in 1959, and a year later he would become the first Australian to place on the podium of a distance at the allround worlds, coming 3rd in the 500 m.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.3 (1960); 1500 – 2:11.8 (1956); 5000 – 8:10.0 (1956); 10000 – 17:37.3 (1956).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1952 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Hickey
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 29
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 30
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 28
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Hickey
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =7
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 14
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) =27
1960 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) AUS Colin Hickey
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 13
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 14