Bob Petersen

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRobert Grover "Bob"•Petersen
Used nameBob•Petersen
Born2 September 1914 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died1 October 2000 in West Bend, Wisconsin (USA)
AffiliationsSisson Athletic Club
NOC United States


Bob Petersen competed in the 1936 World Cup in Helsinki, after the Winter Olympics. His best US tournaments were the 1936 Middle Atlantic Championships and the 1937 Great Lakes Speed Skating Carnival, where he finished second both times. Petersen later worked for Tecumseh Products in Wisconsin as a personnel director for 33 years. He suffered for the last few years of his life, eventually dying from a progressive neurologic disorder.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.7 (1936); 1500 – 2:24.0 (1936); 5000 – 8:46.5 (1936); 10000 – 18:23.6 (1936).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1936 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Bob Petersen
500 metres, Men (Olympic) =11
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 17
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 11
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) DNF