Jeanne Ash­worth dies at 80

Porterville Recorder - - RECORD - THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

WILM­ING­TON, N.Y. — Jeanne Ash­worth, the first Amer­i­can woman to win an Olympic speed­skat­ing medal, has died. She was 80.

The web­site of the Heald Fu­neral Home in El­iz­a­beth­town, New York, says she died at home Oct. 4 of pan­cre­atic can­cer.

Ash­worth com­peted in three Olympics and cap­tured 14 North Amer­i­can cham­pi­onships.

She won the 500-me­ter bronze at Squaw Valley, Cal­i­for­nia in 1960, fin­ish­ing two-tenths of a se­cond be­hind win­ner Helga Haase. She also skated at the 1964 Games in Inns­bruck, Aus­tria, and at Greno­ble, France, in 1968.

Born in Burling­ton, Ver­mont, Ash­worth learned to skate on a pond in Wilm­ing­ton, Mas­sachusetts. She moved to Wilm­ing­ton, New York, af­ter col­lege and be­came a cab­i­net­maker.

She coached speed­skat­ing for sev­eral years in Lake Placid, served on the lo­cal com­mit­tee for the 1980 Lake Placid Win­ter Games and was in­ducted into the Lake Placid Hall of Fame in 1993. She served as Wilm­ing­ton town su­per­vi­sor.

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