Judd Charles Bankert Edit Profile
Bachelor, Michigan State University, 1975.
Bankert is a Michigan native, born in Grand Rapids, raised in Lake Orion and a graduate of Michigan State University. Bankert broke his hip in a serious rock climbing accident on Guam in 1984. In 1986, the Guam National Olympic Committee was accepted into the International Olympic Committee.
His personal coach was Richard Domey and in the fall of 1987 Bankert trained in West Yellowstone with the U.S. team. To be eligible to compete at the Winter Olympic Games Bankert needed to successfully complete two sanctioned biathlons competitions. He finished his second such competition on February 7, 1988, just three days before the Opening Ceremony, at which he carried the flag of Guam as its only athlete at the 1988 Winter Olympic Games.
At 38, Bankert was one of the oldest Olympic athletes at the 1988 Winter Olympics Games. This, combined with the fact that he represented a tropical island, made his a human interest story reported extensively in the media. In the men's 10 km sprint event, Bankert missed eight out of the ten rifle targets and as a result had to ski eight penalty laps. totalling 1200 m.
Bankert finished 71st of 72 starters in 45m37.1s, between Gustavo Giro of Argentina (36m381s) and Elliot Archilla of Puerto Rico (47m474s). In 1993, Bankert was hired by Urbana School District #116, Urbana, IL, and taught Kindergarten at Yankee Ridge Elementary School. He was active in local school issues and advocated for changes in the manner in which school board members were elected.
After the Olympics, Bankert returned to Guam as a consultant but soon returned to the United States. He now lives in Staunton, Virginia. and is an actor who portrays President Woodrow Wilson as part of the Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library's living history program. as well as on stage and appeared as President Wilson in the 2014 History Channel mini-series The World Wars (miniseries).
In August 1987 Bankert moved with his family from Guam to Bellingham, Washington, and trained with members of the Western Washington University cross-country skiing team.
Married Dabney Jo Anderson, December 19, 1970. 1 child, Kelsey Kate.
1975Michigan State University , Bachelor of Arts
1975 - 1976
1981 - 1982
1982 - 1985