{AA51} Gordon Vernon Audley

 

Gordon Vernon Audley
Bronze Medal Olympic Speed Skater
(1928 to 2012)

1928                    born 20th April
1939                    at the age of 10 won his first speed skating competition, setting Manitoba records in
                            both the 110 and 220 yard events
1944                   won the Junior Division in the Manitoba Open Championship
1945                    broke the Manitoba Intermediate record
                            won the Saskatchewan Indoor Championships
                            won an invitation meeting in Detroit, Michigan
1946                    won the Canadian Championship
                            won the Manitoba Open and Closed (Intermediate class)
                            second place in the North American Outdoor Championships
1947                    second place in the Manitoba Championships (Senior Class)
                            second place in the Canadian Championships (Senior Class)
1948                   represented Canada in the Olympics in St Moritz
                           he was placed 17th out of 42 skaters from 15 nations in the 500 metres speed skating
                           event that took place on Saturday 31st January. His time was 45.3 seconds against a
                          winning time of 43.1 seconds
                           he was placed 32nd out of 45 skaters from 14 nations in the 1500 metres speed skating
                           event that took place on Monday 2nd February. His time was 2 minutes 30 seconds
                           against a winning time of 2 minutes 17.7 seconds.
                            he Married Grace Collen Mackenzie in July in Winnipeg
1949                    second place in the Manitoba Championship (Senior Class)
                            second place in the Canadian Championships (Senior Class)
1950                    won the Manitoba Championship (Senior Class)
1951                    second place in the Canadian Championships (Senior Class)
1952                    won the 500 metre Olympic Trial
                            carried the flag for Canada at the opening ceremony of the Oslo Olympic Games
                            won a bronze medal in the 500 metres speedskating Olympic Event (the only
                            individual medal won by Canada). The event took place on Saturday February 16th
                            and involved 41 skaters from 14 nations. His time was 44.0 seconds against a winning
                            time of 43.2 seconds.
1953                    he won the Manitoba Championship (Senior Class)
                            birth of his daughter Karey
1954                    he won the Manitoba Championship (Senior Class)
1955                    he won the Manitoba Championship (Senior Class)
1956                    Represented Canada in the in the Olympic Games at Cortina, Italy
                            He was placed 25th in the 500metre speed skating event that took place on Saturday
                            28th January involved 47 skaters from 17 nations. His time was 43.2 seconds against a
                            winning time of 40.2 seconds (this winning time equalled the world record)
                             He was placed 53rd in the 1500 metre speed skating event event that took place on
                             Monday 30th January involving 54 skaters from 18 nations. His time was 2 minutes
                             26.1 seconds against a winning time of 2 minutes 8.6 seconds (a new world record)
1957                     he won the Manitoba Championship (Senior Class)
                             he moved with his Wife, Grace Colleen to California
                             Birth of his son Rocky
1960                    served as an official in the Squaw Valley, California, USA Olympic Games
1988                    Made a member of the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
2012                     Passed away on the 1st October 2012, and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park,
                             Cypress, Orange County California on 12th October 2012
                            Information based on Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame