Edward "Eddie" Rudolph Jr.
Eddie was a member of the 1960, 1964 and 1968 Olympic teams and competed in the 1962 World competitions in Russia as the only American competitor. He was the youngest male to ever make a speedskating team in 1960. In 1963, in Karasawa, Japan, he won two silver medals in the 500-meter and set a world record. He has won the Intermediate National Short Track Championship; the Intermediate & Senior National Long Track Championship; and the Intermediate and Senior National, North American and U.S. Open Long Track Championship. Eddie coached the Broadmoor Speed Skating Club in Colorado Springs, volunteered to help in building the Colorado Springs Olympic Training Center, served as treasurer for the U.S. Olympians, Colorado Chapter, and was awarded the highest volunteer award for working with Goodwill Industries of Colorado Springs for years, with more than $1 million in pro bono activities and direct financial support. "One thing about making an Olympic team," said Rudolph, "it does provide a spirit, commitment, and the drive to succeed. It's our bond and a valuable one." Eddie was killed in a car accident on July 19, 2009.