Burdette Eliele "Burdie" Haldorson (January 12, 1934 – October 13, 2023) was an American basketball player who competed in the 1956 Summer Olympics and in the 1960 Summer Olympics. Haldorson played college basketball for the Colorado Buffaloes.[1][2]

Burdette Haldorson
Haldorson with the Phillips 66ers.
Personal information
Born(1934-01-12)January 12, 1934
Austin, Minnesota, U.S.
DiedOctober 13, 2023(2023-10-13) (aged 89)
Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.
Listed height6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolAustin (Austin, Minnesota)
CollegeColorado (1951–1955)
NBA draft1955: 4th round, 23rd overall pick
Selected by the St. Louis Hawks
Career history
1955Luckett-Nix Clippers
1955–1960Phillips 66ers
Career highlights and awards
Stats Edit this at Wikidata at Basketball-Reference.com
Men's Basketball
Representing the  United States
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1956 Melbourne Team competition
Gold medal – first place 1960 Rome Team competition
Pan American Games
Gold medal – first place 1959 Chicago

Haldorson was part of the American basketball team that won the gold medal in 1956. He never played professionally, but was a member of the AAU Phillips 66ers for a number of years.[citation needed]

Four years later, in 1960, he won his second gold medal as part of the American team.[3] He was inducted into the Pac-12 Basketball Hall of Honor during the 2012 Pac-12 Conference men's basketball tournament, March 10, 2012.[4]

Haldorson died in Colorado Springs on October 13, 2023, at the age of 89.[5]


  1. ^ Craig Swalboski (20 March 2012). "Austin native went on to amazing basketball career". Post Bulletin. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  2. ^ Irv Moss (6 May 2016). "Burdie Haldorson, CU's two-time basketball Olympic gold medalist". Denver Post. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  3. ^ Gerald Scott (25 December 1983). "Players recall vividly the winning of the gold". The Courier-Journal. p. 35. Retrieved 9 July 2021.
  4. ^ 2011-12 Hall of Honor Class Announced Archived 2012-02-12 at the Wayback Machine, Pac-12 Conference, February 7, 2012
  5. ^ Burdie Haldorson. Olympedia.