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Billy Fiske, bobsled pilot

May 21, 2017
Lake Placid Olympic Museum , Lake Placid News

Here are two photos of bobsled pilot William "Billy" Fiske in Lake Placid in 1932. At the 1928 Olympic Winter Games in St. Moritz, Switzerland, Fiske was the driver of the first five-man U.S. bobsled team to win the Olympics and was the youngest to have ever won a gold medal at 16 years of age. He won gold again in the four-man bobsled competition at the Games in Lake Placid in 1932 along with Clifford Gray, Eddie Eagan and Jay O'Brien. Fiske did not compete at the 1936 Olympic Games in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and many cite that it was because he objected to the treatment of Jews in Nazi Germany. At the outbreak of World War II, U.S. citizen, Fiske used forged Canadian papers and entered the war as a pilot for the Royal Air Force, based in England. He was one of the first American fighter pilots killed in action.

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Billy Fiske in Lake Placid, 1932
(Photo provided by the Lake Placid Olympic Museum)



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