Jeanne ASHWORTH

United States of America USA

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 B
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Squaw Valley 1960
  • Year of Birth
    1938
Olympic Results

Biography

Jeanne ASHWORTH

In the first official Olympic speed skating for women, Jeanne Ashworth finished behind a German and a Russian to take a bronze medal. In the late 50s and early 60s, Ashworth and the other Jeanne, Omelenchuk, monopolized American speed skating – Ashworth winning 11 national championships and Omelenchuk eight. In the following years, Ashworth trained in Europe, and competed in the 1962 and 1963 World Championships, placing 10th both times (and best American). At the 1964 US Olympic Trials, held in Colorado Springs at 2,865 m above sea level, she won the 500 m in 44.4 which was below the World Record, but her time was not recognised as such. In the Olympics themselves, in Innsbruck, she just missed out on a medal, finishing behind three Soviet skaters.

Jeanne Ashworth was also an excellent softball player, and competed in that sport on a national level. In 1960 she received a B.S. degree in physical therapy from an affiliate school of Tufts. She later settled near Lake Placid, where she helped run the family toy and candy company. When the 1980 Olympics were held there, Ashworth was part of the Organising Committee, and went to Greece to bring the Olympic Flame to Lake Placid. Later, Jeanne Ashworth became Town Supervisor of Wilmington, New York (about 1,000 inhabitants), a function comparable with mayor.

Personal Best: 500 – 44.4 (1963); 1000 – 1:34.7 (1968); 1500 – 2:30.3 (1968); 3000 – 5:14.0 (1968).

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Grenoble 1968

#7
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
#16
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#10
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1964

#=11
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
#11
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
#=4
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Squaw Valley 1960

#8
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
#11
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#8
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
B
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating