Ken Kennedy

1913 - 1985

Kenneth Kennedy has the honour of being the first Australian to have competed at an Olympic Winter Games. Kennedy was 22 when he competed in Speed Skating at the 1936 Winter Olympics in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. He competed in three speed skating events. He was 29th in the 500m and placed 33rd in both the 1500m and the 5000m.

Kennedy enjoyed a successful sporting career. While living in England, he won both the 880 yard and one mile British speed skating titles in 1935 and 1936, and also played competitive ice hockey. He returned to Australia after World War II, represented New South Wales at ice hockey and became the president of the Australian Ice Hockey Association.

Olympic Results

1936 Garmisch

10000m - Men
Final DNC
Final Placing /
1500m - Men
Final 2:31.8 33
Final Placing 33 / 37
5000m - Men
Final 9:48.9 33
Final Placing 33 / 37
500m - Men
Final 47.4 29
Final Placing 29 / 36

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