Speed­skat­ing coach trained 2-time Olympic gold medal­ist

Honolulu Star-Advertiser - - IN MEMORY -

WAUKESHA, WIS. >> Robert Fenn, a Mil­wau­kee-based speed­skat­ing coach who men­tored two-time Olympic gold medal­ist Shani Davis, has died. He was 73.

A funeral no­tice from his fam­ily says Fenn died un­ex­pect­edly Sun­day at his home in Waukesha.

The Mil­wau­kee Jour­nal Sen­tinel re­ports Fenn was also an ac­com­plished speed­skater and won gold and bronze medals at the short-track world cham­pi­onships in 1976. Af­fec­tion­ately known as “Roscoe,” Fenn was born in New York City and worked as a car­pen­ter. But he be­came best known as a coach at the Pet­tit Na­tional Ice Cen­ter in Mil­wau­kee. That’s where he coached Davis.

Davis told the news­pa­per that Fenn “was the best guy you could have in your cor­ner” and called him “a pil­lar of con­fi­dence.”

Funeral ser­vices are sched­uled for next week.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS / 2005

World Speed­skat­ing Cham­pion Shani Davis from the U.S., right, and his coach Bob Fenn cheer af­ter Davis won the all-around com­pe­ti­tion at the World Speed­skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Moscow. Fenn died Sun­day at age 73.

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