Ken was born January 7, 1929 and passed away on March 1, 2009. He was the first American to win an Olympic Games and a World Championship in speed skating. Ken was a member of three Olympic teams and served as the coach in 1968. He was an Olympic gold medalist in the 500m in 1952 and participated in World meets in 1949 and 1952. Ken had the honor of being the torch bearer for the U.S. in the 1960 Olympic Winter games. He was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 24, 1970 in Buffalo, New York.