John Farrell (speed skater)

John Farrell

John O'Neil Farrell at the 1928 Olympics
Personal information
Born August 28, 1906
Hammond, Indiana, United States
Died June 20, 1994 (aged 87)
Evergreen Park, Illinois, United States
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Sport Speed skating
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m – 43.6 (1928)
1500 m – 2:26.8 (1928)
5000 m – 9:21.8 (1928)
10000 m – 20:00.9 (1932)[1]

John O'Neil Farrell (August 28, 1906 – June 20, 1994) was an American speed skater and speed skating coach.

Farrell participated in the 1928 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz. On the 500 m, he skated in the first pair and promptly set a new Olympic record with a time of 43.6 seconds, breaking Charles Jewtraw's old record of 44.0 seconds. The record would not stand, though, because in the next pair, Clas Thunberg skated 43.4 seconds, and in the eighth pair, Bernt Evensen also skated 43.4. But since nobody else besides those two skated faster than 43.6, Farrell won the bronze medal.[1]

At the 1932 Winter Olympics of Lake Placid, the speed skating events were skated in packstyle format (having all competitors skate at the same time) for the only time in Olympic history. Farrell qualified for the final in his heat, but finished in sixth (and last) place in the final. Two weeks later, he finished fourteenth at the 1932 World Allround Championships, also in Lake Placid. At the 1936 Winter Olympics of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Farrell was the head coach of the American speed skating team.[1]

Farrell was a National Outdoor Champion. In 1971 he was inducted in the National Speedskating Hall of Fame.[2]


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  2. Speedskating Hall of Fame Speed Skaters. The National Speedskating Museum and Hall of Fame. Retrieved on August 29, 2007.
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