Saturday, January 31, 2009


This photo was taken in May of 1946 in Lake Placid, NY. In the front of the bobsled is James John Bickford. He was was a bobsledder who competed from the late 1930s to the mid 1950s. He competed in three Winter Olympics, and he won a bronze medal in the four-man event at St. Moritz in 1948

Bickford also carried the United States flag during the opening ceremonies of the 1952 and 1956 Winter Olympics.

At the FIBT (international bobsledding and tobogganing federation) World Championships, he won three medals (one silver (Four-man:1949) and two bronzes (Two-man:1954, Four-man: 1937).

Why am I writing about this gentleman? Well, we are related. He is the son of my GreatGrandfather's sister's husband's brother. We would be some sort of far distant cousin!

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