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Peter Mueller

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full namePeter Alan•Mueller
Used namePeter•Mueller
Born27 July 1954 in Madison, Wisconsin (USA)
Measurements180 cm / 77 kg
NOC United States


Peter Mueller was one of the top sprinters American speed skating has ever produced. Exclusively a sprinter, he competed in the World Sprints in 1974 and 1975 and did well, but gave no hint he could win the gold medal in 1976 in the first ever Olympic 1,000 meter competition. Although overshadowed by Eric Heiden, between 1976 and 1980 Mueller proved himself one of the top sprinters in the world, finishing second in the 1977 World Sprints and fourth in the 1979 World Sprints. It was thought he could win another medal at Lake Placid, but he finished fifth in his specialty, the 1,000 meters. In September 1977, Mueller married Leah Poulos, a three-time Olympic speed skating medalist.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.71 (1980); 1000 – 1:15.33 (1980); 1500 – 2:05.21 (1977); 5000 – 8:13.40 (1976).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1976 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Peter Mueller
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 5
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
1980 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Peter Mueller
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 5

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