Buddy Solem

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameRichard Earl "Buddy"•Solem
Used nameBuddy•Solem
Born21 June 1926 in Chicago, Illinois (USA)
Died6 August 2007 in Scottsdale, Arizona (USA)
AffiliationsChicago CYO, Chicago (USA)
NOC United States


Buddy Solem grew up in the Chicago Public School system, and competed for the Chicago CYO at the 1948 Winter Olympics. He was coached by his father, Earl Solem, who was at one time President of the Illinois Skating Association. A long-distance specialist, Solem competed in the 5 and 10K in St. Moritz. Unfortunately in the 10K he was off in one of the last pairs, and warm sun had melted the ice by then. Several skaters dropped out, and others refused to start, but Solem gamely hung on to finish the race, although his time of 26:22.4 gives him the ignominious honor of posting the slowest time ever in the Olympics 10K.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.5 (1948); 1500 – 2:33.2 (1950); 5000 – 9:02.9 (1948); 10000 – 26:22.4 (1948).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1948 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) USA Buddy Solem
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 27
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 19