Art Longsjo

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Art Longsjo
Personal information
Born (1931-10-23)October 23, 1931
Fitchburg, Massachusetts
Died September 16, 1958(1958-09-16) (aged 26)
Burlington, Vermont
Sport Speed skating
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1956 Winter Olympics
1956 Summer Olympics

Arthur "Art" Matthew Longsjo, Jr. (October 23, 1931 – September 16, 1958) was an American Olympian speed skater and cyclist. He was the first person to compete in the Summer and Winter Olympics in the same year.


Memorial marker for Arthur Longsjo in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.

Longsjo was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts.[1] In 1953, he won the 1 mile, 3 mile, and 25 mile races at the Massachusetts State Cycling Championships after riding his bicycle 1.5 hours to the race (from Fitchburg to Westborough, Massachusetts). In 1954, he won the Quebec-Montreal Road Race and was named the Canadian Cyclist of the Year.[2] He won the race again in 1956.

Longsjo won the 5,000 m speed skating event at the United States national championships to make the Olympic team at the Winter Olympics. In 1956, he competed in both the Winter Olympics as a speed skater and the Summer Olympics as a cyclist. Due to a knee injury before the games, he placed outside the medal stand. Longsjo was the first person to compete in both the Winter and Summer Olympics in the same year.[3]

In 1958 Longsjo won three races, the Tour of Somerville,[4] the Tour du St. Laurent stage race and the Quebec-Montreal Road Race.[5]

Longsjo died in 1958 following a car accident in Burlington, Vermont. He had been returning from the Quebec-Montreal Road Race.[6]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 1960 the Fitchburg Longsjo Classic was held in Fitchburg in memory of Longsjo. The race is a road bicycle racing stage race and is still held annually.[7][8]

Longsjo was inducted into the National Speedskating Hall of Fame in 1970,[9] and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame in 1988.[10]


  1. ^ "SALUTE TO WOMEN: Erika Lawler". Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Art Longsjo, Jr.". Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Art Longsjo". US Bicycling Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Fitchburg Longsjo Classic registration on a roll". Central Massachusetts Convention and Visitors Bureau. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  5. ^ "OLYMPIANS". News Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Longsjo Classic organizers: Let's make it 3 day". Sentinel Enterprise. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  7. ^ "Cycling: Longsjo Classic seeks site for a Saturday event". Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Arthur Longsjo: A two-sport athlete for the ages". Active. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Arthur M. Longsjo". News Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Art Longsjo". US Bicycling Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 

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