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
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.

Biography[edit]

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]

References[edit]

  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 Telegram.com. 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". telegram.com. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Arthur Longsjo: A two-sport athlete for the ages". Active. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Arthur M. Longsjo". News Telegram.com. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Art Longsjo". US Bicycling Hall of Fame. Retrieved December 10, 2013. 

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