Allan Potts

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Allan Potts
Personal information
Born May 14, 1904
Brooklyn, New York
Died November 5, 1952
New York City Rink, New York
Country  United States
Sport Speed skating

Allan W. Potts (May 14, 1904 – November 5, 1952) was an American National Indoor and Outdoor Champion speed skater who competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics and in the 1936 Winter Olympics. Inducted May 18, 1967 at Detroit, Michigan into The National Speedskating Hall of Fame and also once known as The Fastest Human.

He was born in Brooklyn and died in New York City.

In 1932 he participated in the 500 metres event but was eliminated in the heats.

Four years later he finished sixth in the Speed skating at the 1936 Winter Olympics - Set a World record in men's 500 metres shortly before the 1936 winter Olympics and made the time of 42.4 seconds and 32nd in Men's 1500 metres.

World records[edit]

Discipline Time Date Location
500 m 0.42,4 January 18, 1936 Norway Oslo



  1. ^ "Allan Potts". Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
Preceded by
Norway Hans Engnestangen
Men's 500 m World Record Holder
January 18, 1936 – January 30, 1937
Succeeded by
Norway Hans Engnestangen