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Ross Robinson

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameRosslyn Legier "Ross"•Robinson
Used nameRoss•Robinson
Born6 December 1906 in Toronto, Ontario (CAN)
Died22 December 1992 in Brampton, Ontario (CAN)
Affiliations?, Toronto (CAN)
NOC Canada

Biography

Canadian Ross Robinson beat the previously dominant US skaters to become the North American Outdoor Champion of 1930. He also set world records in the long non-metric distances. His elder sister Gladys was even more successful being the first ever international North-American champion in the women’s speed skating in 1921 and again in 1922 and 1923. She died in 1934 at the age of only 32. In August 1936, Robinson was the only survivor, when his boat capsized in heavy winds on Lake Simcoe, north of Toronto. All four other passengers drowned including his sister Henrietta and a brother-in law.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.9 (1928); 1500 – 2:29.7 (1928); 5000 – 9:38.9 (1928).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) CAN Ross Robinson
500 metres, Men (Olympic) 14
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 17
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 22