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Charles Gorman




Speed Skating


Saint John

Year Inducted


Sport Ambassador

athlete, sport hero, winter olympics

Charles Gorman (D)



Few individuals are stamped with the mark of greatness; and even fewer achieve that mark in a lifetime cut short by death at the young age of 42. Charles Gorman of Saint John was one of those rare human beings who, despite a painful physical handicap reached for and attained the stars. The winner of 153 medals and trophies, the United States, Canadian, International and World Championships in indoor and outdoor speed skating events brought immortality to himself and pride to his city where he achieved his greatest fame, to his province and to his country which honoured him through its National Sports Hal of Fame. From Lily Lake to Lake Placid his name and achievements will live forever. 

Enrolled in the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame, June 27th, 1970

Quick Facts

  • Won a world championship in at Lily Lake (Saint John) in 1926 

  • Winner of U.S., Canadian, North American and World Speedskating championships during his career 

  • Won a Maritime championship at the age of 15 in 1912 

  • Competed in the 1924 and ’28 Winter Olympics 

  • Established North American records for the Indoor 440 yards and the 1/6 mile, the Outdoor 75 yards, 440 yards and 1/6 mile 

  • Retired undefeated

  • Inducted into the Canadian Sports Hall of Fame in 1955

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