Terry McDermott (speed skater)
|Full name||Richard Terrance McDermott|
|Born||September 20, 1940 (age 76)
Essexville, Michigan, U.S.
McDermott was a surprise winner in the 500 m at the 1964 Winter Olympics in Innsbruck when he beat the favourite in that distance, reigning Olympic champion Yevgeny Grishin, by half a second. His coach at the time was Leo Freisinger, the 500 m bronze medal winner of the 1936 Winter Olympics. McDermott's international career consisted exclusively of the 500 m at the Olympic Winter Games of 1960, 1964 and 1968.
McDermott was inducted in the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on June 4, 1977. At the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, McDermott took the Olympic Oath representing the judges. He currently resides in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He is married to Virginia, and has 5 children and 11 grandchildren.
Broadcaster Jim McKay once said of McDermott, "Terry is the epitome of an amateur athlete."
- Essexville's Terry McDermott shocked the world with Olympic gold in 1964 Games MLive.com, February 11, 2010
- "Richard Terrance "Terry" McDermott". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC.
- Biography of Terry McDermott at the Essexville, Bay County, MI / BAY-JOURNAL
- Eng, Trond. All Time International Championships, Complete results 1889–2002. Askim, Norway, WSSSA Skøytenytt, 2002.
- The National Speedskating Museum and Hall of Fame
- Terry McDermott at SkateResults.com
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