Richard J. Somalski

Inducted May 18, 1991

Richard was born September 19, 1926. He eventually went on to found the Bay County Speedskating Club in Michigan in 1946 and actively coached and traveled with skaters throughout the state. One of his most vivid skating memories was putting the first pair of skates on seven year old Terry McDermott. He coached Terry until 1960 when he made his first Olympic team. Richard also served as the president of the Michigan Skating Association in 1964 and was a member of the USISA Board from 1968 to 1992, then was the treasurer from 1984 to 1992. Richard was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 18, 1991 in Southgate, Michigan.

Bay County Speedskating Club

  • Inducted 1991
  • Born September 19, 1926
  • Founded the Bay County Speedskating Club in Michigan in 1946
  • Actively coached and traveled with skaters throughout the state
  • Married Marylin McDermott in 1951 and remembers putting the first pair of skates on 7 year old Terry McDermott
  • Coached Terry until 1960 when he made his first Olympic team
  • President of the Michigan Skating Association in 1964
  • Member of the USISA Board from 1968 to 1992 and was treasurer from 1984 to 1992
  • Elected on May 18, 1991, at Southgate, Michigan. Submitted by Bay County Speedskating Club.