Gorman, Charles

Charles Gorman, speed skater (b at Saint John 6 July 1897; d at St Martins, NB 11 Feb 1940). Despite suffering a shrapnel wound in one leg during WWI, Charlie Gorman's international success earned him the title of "the man with the million dollar legs." Developing a long, sweeping stride, he won the 1924 US amateur title and the world championship 2 weeks later. He lost both in 1925 but defeated Clas Thunberg, the 1924 Olympic champion, to reclaim his world title the next year. On his retirement in 1928 he held 7 world records.