Max T. Bly
A member of the United States bobsled team at the 1936 Winter Olympics (held in Germany), Bly competed in the four-man bobsled competition and finished in fourth place. Bly rode in the top American sled, which was driven Hubert Stevens, the 1932 two-man Olympic champion. Bly and the U.S. team ran four heats (1:25.61, 1:19.17, 1:20.51, and 1:18.84) and finished in a total time of 5:24.13, just 0.72 seconds behind Great Britain to win the bronze medal.
During the practice sessions, Bly and his team were thrown from their sled following a serious spill; Bly was unhurt. Along with other spills, there were discussions regarding postponing or cancelling the competition, but these never came to fruition.
Birth and Death Dates:
Lake George, New York
Use links below to navigate through the olympics section of Jews In Sports.
encyclopedia of JEWS in sports, by Bernard Postal, Jesse Silver, and Roy Silver (New York: Bloch Publishing Co., 1965)
New York Times, February 9, 1936
New York Times, February 12, 1936