Inducted May 4, 1974
Bob was born October 3, 1923. During his life he achieved the title of National and North American Outdoor Champion, set three National Outdoor Records, and was a member of two Olympic teams, 1948 and 1952. He tied for the silver medal in the 500m with American Ken Bartholomew in the Olympic Games of 1948. He also competed at the 1952 Olympic Games. He was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 4, 1974 in Bloomington, Minnesota.
Robert Emmett “Bobby” Fitzgerald (October 3, 1923 in Minneapolis, Minnesota – April 22, 2005 in Luverne, Minnesota) was an American speed skater who competed in the 1948 Winter Olympics and in the 1952 Winter Olympics.
He was a member of the US Army Air Corps in World War II, and was discharged due to injuries sustained in a plane crash.
He was a Feb., 1947 graduate of St. Thomas College, when he won the national and North American Speed Skating crowns. Later that year, he skated in the “Winter Carnival” held at Como Park, in St. Paul, which was the US Olympic trials for speed skating. His 1st place there was enough to qualify him for the seven man team. In 1948 he won a silver medal in the 500 metres event. He also finished 28th in the 1500 metres competition.
In 2005, he was inducted to the Minneapolis South High School’s (1941 Graduate) “Wall of Honor”.
Fitzgerald was also a chiropractor, a 1956 graduate of Northwestern College of Chiropractic, he was also a supporter of the International Chiropractor’s Association.