Arnold Uhrlass

Arnold Uhrlass

Arnold Uhrlass was born in Yonkers on  October 19, 1931 where he attended School 17, Long Fellow Jr. High School and Saunders Trade and Technical High School. His father and uncles were speed skaters and introduced him to the sport at Redmond field (Cook field). At the age of 10 he completed in the New York Daily News Silver Skates at Madison Square Garden; in 1947 he won the junior title and in 1949 brought home the intermediate Championship. At the age of 16, while at Saunders, he turned to running and won the Yonkers Knights of the Championship Road Race. In 1949 he was undefeated in cross county and in the mile competition. He also played on the school baseball team which he won the city champion ship in 1949.

His prowess in long distance running attracted the attention of the Grand Street Boys Club in New York City and racing under their colors he won the Poughkeepsie 10 mile road race, prepping for it on the hills of Yonkers. He also represented the Grand street organization on the ice won the senior Crown of the New York Daily New Silver Skated in 1954, lapping the entire field. He repeated in 1955, 1957 and 1958 and 1960, a record never equaled.

From 1955 to 1966 he was recognized as the premier ice skater in the East winning dozens of championships. He won the prestigious Donaghue three mile Memorial race an unparalleled five time and in 1960 was a member of the U.S. Olympic Team , skating the 5,000 and 10,000 meter races in lake placid. In 1961 he won the North American Championship in Squaw Valley, California and in 1963 represented the United States in Japan in the World Speed Skating Team but financial responsibilities negated this opportunity to represent this country.

To build up his speed skating he stated cycling from 1955 through1966he was recognized as one of the leading cyclist on the Eastern seaboard. In 1957 he win the 50 mile national championship at sommerville, New Jersey; set a record for the 100 mile Eastern State race; copped the New York Sates cycling Championship several times, and placed fourth in the In International tour Du St. St. Laurent in Canada. In 1964 he participated as a member of the U.S four-man pursuit cycling team in Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan. He was named “Yonkers Sport Personality of the Year,” An honor bestowed on him by local sportsmen.

In 1968, while competing in an ice skating event, he fell and suffered a severe fracture of leg and knee. For six months he was in a cast and after its removal unable to bend his knee. He was determined to renew his athletic career and the age of 30 began cycling and skating again. Although he was able to compete once again, he has devoted most of his time and energies to instruction of youngsters.

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