Dorothy Langkop, Women's Speed Skating Pioneer

Dorothy Langkop, Women’s Speed Skating Pioneer

Dorothy Langkop

Dorothy Franey Langkop was a pioneer in women’s sports who embodied the Olympic spirit.

In 1932, she helped introduce women’s speed skating as a demonstration sport at the Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, N.Y.

She later switched to figure skating and formed a Broadway ice review that she brought to Dallas for a six-week engagement. Instead, the show ran for 14 years in the Century Room at the Adolphus.

Mrs. Langkop was born in St. Paul, Minn., where she won state junior titles in tennis and diving. In high school, she was the leading scorer on the city championship basketball team and the top hitter on the softball team.

Mrs. Langkop set her first two world speed-skating records as a high school senior — for 100 yards and 500 meters.

At the 1932 Winter Olympics, Mrs. Langkop won a bronze medal in the 1,000-meter competition and was fifth in the 1,500-meter event.

Mrs. Langkop received her bachelor’s degree in physical education from the University of Minnesota, where she was on the golf team.

She was set to compete in the 1936 Winter Games, but U.S. organizers cut funding and decided not to send the women’s team.

Dorothy Langkop on American Flag Ice Rink

Dorothy Langkop on an American Flag Ice Rink

With her future Olympic dreams dashed, Mrs. Langkop switched to figure skating, becoming a featured performer and producer of ice shows.

Mrs. Langkop’s Olympic experience always remained special. She was a founder and longtime leader of U.S. Olympians, the alumni association. It is now the U.S. Olympians and Paralympians Association.

She fought for it for years. She was the first woman director of the Olympians.

She championed the concept that once you’re an Olympian, you’re always an Olympian.

Dorothy was extremely active in promoting and participating in local Dallas organizations and charities. She was so proud to call Dallas her home and Texas her state.

It’s this spirit that embodies our organization and our motivating factor in sponsoring area athletes in their quest for greatness!

Some of Dorothy’s Accomplishments

  • Dorothy first won the Minnesota Junior State Championshipi n the 1930’s.
  • She was University of Minnesota Golf Champion, even winning tournaments over the legendary Patty Berg, a long time friend of the Langkop family.
  • Won several Dallas City Championships in golf and was Lakewood Country Club Champion many times.
  • She teamed up with the great Mickey Mantle to win the Dallas Mixed Foursome Championship.
  • Dorothy founded the Texas Girls Junior Golf Championship in 1963.