Frederick Fortune

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Frederick Joseph Fortune, Jr. (April 1, 1921 – April 20, 1994) is an American bobsledder who competed from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the two-man event at St. Moritz in 1948. Four years later he finished seventh in the two-man event at the 1952 Winter Olympics.

Frederick Fortune
Medal record
Men's Bobsleigh
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1948 St. Moritz Two-man
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1949 Lake Placid Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 1950 Cortina d'Ampezzo Two-man
Bronze medal – third place 1965 St. Moritz Four-man

Fortune also won three bronze medals at the FIBT World Championships with two medals in two-man (1949, 1950) and one medal in four-man (1965).

In addition to bobsledding, Fred Fortune was a fine skier and he served during World War II in the 10th Mountain Division Ski Troops, during which time he earned a Bronze Star After the war, he returned to Lake Placid where he won the 1947 North American 2-man title with his Olympic partner, Sky Carron. Fortune’s occupation was as a contractor. He founded and built two towns – North Pole, New York and North Pole, Colorado (on Pikes Peak) – both Santa Claus Children's Villages.


  • Bobsleigh two-man Olympic medalists 1932-56 and since 1964
  • Bobsleigh two-man world championship medalists since 1931
  • Bobsleigh four-man world championship medalists since 1930
  • profile
  • Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Fred Fortune, Jr". Olympics at Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-10-26.