Speed Skating in History

Events in Sport

  • 1972-02-20 Ard Schenk wins world championship for speed skating
  • 1977-02-13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • 1980-02-23 Eric Heiden wins all 5 speed skating golds at Lake Placid Olympics
  • 1985-02-17 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion
  • 1986-02-16 Dutch speed skater Hein Vergeer becomes World Allround champion for the second time
  • 1988-02-27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1

Birthdays in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1873-10-19 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, born in Groningen, Netherlands (d. 1925)

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1888-10-04 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (d. 1954)
  • 1893-04-05 Clas Thunberg, Finland, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924, 28)
  • 1900-05-05 Charles Jewtraw, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1924)
  • 1904-03-07 Ivar Ballangrud, Norway, Olympic speed skater (4 gold, 2 silver)
  • 1906-01-01 Frank Stack, Canada, speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1932)
  • 1910-09-07 John Shea, US, 500m/1500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1932)
  • 1911-02-12 Charles Mathiesen, Norway, 1500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1936)
  • 1919-12-15 Ake Seyffarth, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1948)
  • 1923-03-12 Hjalmar Andersen, Norway, 1500, 5K, 10K speed skater (Oly-gold-1952), (d. 2013)
  • 1928-01-23 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, Dutch speed skater (Olympic-silver-1952)
  • 1929-01-07 Kenneth Henry, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1952)
  • 1931-11-23 Yevgeni Grischin, USSR, 500m/1500m speed skater (Oly-gold-1956, 60)
  • 1933-11-06 Knut Johannesen, Norway, 5K/10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1934-06-09 Helga Haase, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1960)
  • 1938-02-25 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater (Olympic Gold 1960), born in Rybnoye (d. 2012)
  • 1938-05-20 Christina Bass-Kaiser, 3K Dutch speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1938-12-31 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Holland, speed skater (world champ), (d. 2013)
  • 1939-03-08 Lydia Skoblikova, USSR, speed skater (Olympics-6 gold-1960, 64)
  • 1943-02-09 Jonny Nilsson, Sweden, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1944-07-28 Daniel Morelon, France, 1K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1944-09-16 Ard Schenk, Dutch 1500m, 5K, 10K speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972), born in Anna Paulowna
  • 1944-12-24 Erhard Keller, German FR, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1968, 72)
  • 1946-02-04 Mary Meyer, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-silver-1968)
  • 1950-06-25 Tatyana Averina, USSR, speed skater 1K, 3K (Olympic-gold-1976)
  • 1950-10-14 Sheila Young Ochowicz, speed skater (Oly-gold/sil-76), born in Birmingham, Michigan
  • 1951-10-05 Leah Poulis Mueller, Berwyn Ill, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980)
  • 1955-09-06 Anne Henning, US, 500m speed skater (Olympic-gold-1972)
  • 1958-06-14 Eric Heiden, US speed skater (5 Olympic gold medals 1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1959-09-27 Beth Heiden, 3000m speed skater (Olympic-bronze-1980), born in Madison, Wisconsin
  • 1961-02-11 Mary Docter, US, 3000m speed skater (Olympics-1980, 84, 88, 92)
  • 1961-06-20 Karin Enke, Dresden German DR, speed skater (Olympic-gold-1980, 84)
  • 1963-02-22 Dave Besteman, Madison Wis, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1964-03-18 Bonnie Blair, Champaign Ill, speed skater (Oly-5 gold/brz-88, 92, 94)
  • 1965-02-09 Igor Malkov, Russian speed skater
  • 1965-03-24 Angela Zuckerman, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1965-05-28 Chantal Bailey, Champaign Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1965-06-17 Dan Jansen, West Allis Wisc, speed skater (Oly-gold-1984, 88, 92)
  • 1967-06-25 Brian Wanek, Mequon Wis, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1968-10-29 Johann Olav Koss, speed skater (Olympics-3 gold-1994)
  • 1968-11-08 Michelle Kline, Circle Pines Minn, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1969-01-11 Dave Cruikshank, Northbrook Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1969-04-07 Peggy Clasen, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Saint Paul, Minnesota
  • 1970-02-10 Brendan Eppert, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in St Louis, Missouri
  • 1970-02-15 Nathaniel Mills, Evanston Ill, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1970-09-24 Kristin Talbot, Schuylerville NY, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1972-09-19 David Tamburrino, Saratoga Springs NY, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1973-10-26 Brian Smith, speed skater (Olympics-1994), born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa
  • 1975-01-21 Casey FitzRandolph, American speed skater
  • 1975-05-24 Marc Gagnon, Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1977-02-07 Christine Scheels, New Berlin Wis, speed skater (Olympics-1994)
  • 1979-06-22 Joey Cheek, American speed skater
  • 1979-08-12 Cindy Klassen, Canadian speed skater
  • 1980-11-13 François-Louis Tremblay, Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1982-05-22 Apolo Anton Ohno, American short track speed skater
  • 1982-08-13 Shani Davis, American speed skater
  • 1984-10-21 Anouk Leblanc-Boucher, French Canadian short track speed skater
  • 1985-02-06 Joji Kato, Japanese speed skater
  • 1986-04-01 Ireen Wüst, Dutch speed skater
  • 1986-04-23 Sven Kramer, Dutch speed skater
  • 1987-04-27 Elliott Shriane, Australian speed skater

Weddings in Sport

  • 1996-06-23 Five-time Olympic speed skater gold medalist Bonnie Blair (32) weds four-time Olympian Dave Cruikshank (27) in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Deaths in Sport


Person of interestPerson of Interest

1925-02-02 Jaap Eden, Dutch world champion cyclist and speed skater, dies at 51

Cyclist and Speed Skater Jaap Eden
Cyclist and Speed Skater
Jaap Eden
  • 1954-04-10 Oscar Mathisen, Norwegian speed skater (b. 1888)
  • 1954-07-29 Coen de Koning, Dutch speed skater (b. 1879)
  • 1973-04-28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (b. 1893)
  • 1992-11-08 Kees [Cornelis] Broekman, speed skater (Olympic-silver-1952), dies
  • 1993-04-02 Klaas Schenk, Dutch speed skater, coach and father of Ard, dies at 86
  • 1994-02-19 Renske Vellinga, Dutch speed-skater, dies in auto-accident at 19
  • 2005-07-09 Yevgenij Grishin, Russian speed skater (b. 1931)
  • 2012-03-30 Viktor Kosichkin, Russian speed skater and 1960 Olympic gold medalist, dies at 74
  • 2013-02-22 Atje Keulen-Deelstra, Dutch speed skater, dies at 74
  • 2013-03-27 Hjalmar Andersen, Norwegian speed skater, dies from trauma due to a fall at 90