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Dick Hunt

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Howard "Dick"•Hunt
Used nameDick•Hunt
Born31 October 1935 in Los Angeles, California (USA)
Measurements185 cm / 82 kg
AffiliationsPasadena AA, Pasadena (USA)
NOC United States


Dick Hunt competed in two Winter Olympics as a speed skater but has continued to compete in sports throughout his life, moving on to cross-country skiing and cycling. Hunt retired from speed skating after failing to make the 1968 Olympic team, and focused on his career as a fireman. He retired from firefighting in 1978. But with cross-country skiing moving into the skate-style technique in the late 1970s, Hunt began cross-country skiing in 1978 and won his age group in his first race, the Boulder Mountain Ski Tour. He was hooked on the sport and was later enlisted by the US Ski and Snowboard Association (USSA) to teach skating techniques to their cross-country skiers. In 1988 he was also the coach of the Korean cross-country ski team at the Calgary Olympics. Hunt started competing in Masters cross-country, winning the 1991 Masters World Cup. He was also a 10-time champion in the Great American Ski Race. In 1991 Hunt helped form the American Cross-Country Skiiers (AXCS), which broke Masters skiing away from the USSA. Settling in Bend, Oregon, Hunt has also won several Masters National Championships in cycling.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.7 (1964); 1500 – 2:10.8 (1964); 5000 – 8:03.6 (1964); 10000 – 17:29.2 (1959).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1960 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Dick Hunt
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 17
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 17
1964 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Dick Hunt
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 15
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 20
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNS