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Gene Sandvig

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEugene Myron "Gene"•Sandvig
Used nameGene•Sandvig
Born8 February 1931 in Minneapolis, Minnesota (USA)
AffiliationsBearcat Speedskating Club, (USA)
NOC United States

Biography

Gene Sandvig was a top athlete at Gustavus Adolphus College, where he played football as a fullback, graduating in 1957. As a speed skater Sandvig was North American all-around champion in 1958. He later served on the administrative side of the sport, as a delegate to the US Olympic Congress for 10 years, as general manager of the 1976 Olympic speed skating, and as a member of the Technical Committee of the ISU. He served as an international speed skating referee at the 1980 and 1984 Winter Olympics. After college, he taught and coached in the Minneapolis school system for 12 years, but later joined the Advance Machine Company, moving up to the position of national service manager. Both Sandvig’s sister Connie and his daughter Susan competed in speed skating at the national level, with Connie’s daughter, Amy Peterson, competing in four Winter Olympics in short-track.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.8 (1960); 1500 – 2:16.6 (1956); 5000 – 8:25.5 (1956).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1956 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Gene Sandvig
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 30
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 31

Referee

Games Sport (Discipline) / Event NOC / Team Phase Unit Role As
1980 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Gene Sandvig
500 metres, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
1,000 metres, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
1,500 metres, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
3,000 metres, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
1984 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Gene Sandvig
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) Final Standings Referee
500 metres, Women (Olympic) Final Standings Referee

Olympic family relations