Gratsch, Rafael : Jews In Sports @ Virtual Museum

Gratsch, Rafael

speed skating

Country Represented:
Soviet Union

Years Competed:
1956, 1960

Medals Received:
silver, bronze

Olympic Info:
Gratsch was a member of the Soviet Union speed skating team at two Olympiads and competed in the 500-meter race. At the 1956 Winter Games in Cortina d'Ampezzo, Italy, he won the silver medal with a time of 40.8, and was described as "slightly built" by the New York Times. Gratsch returned to the Olympics four years later at the 1960 Winter Games in Squaw Valley, California. He won the bronze medal in the 500-meter (40.4).

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encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, January 29, 1956