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Bonnie Blair

Speed Skater Bonnie Blair
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Profession: Speed Skater

United States of America

Biography: One of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history, Blair won five gold medals and one bronze and is regarded as one of the best speed skaters of her era.

In recognition of her achievements she was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame, the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame, and the United States Olympic Hall of Fame.

Born: March 18, 1964
Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, USA
Age: 58 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dragon
Star Sign: Pisces

Married Life

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

Historical Events

  • 1987-03-19 Bonnie Blair skates ladies' world record 500 m (39.43 sec)
  • 1988-02-22 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500m (39.10 sec)
  • 1988-02-27 Bonnie Blair (US) wins Olympic 500m speed skating in record 39.1
  • 1992-02-10 Bonnie Blair wins 1992 Olympics 1st gold medal for USA
  • 1994-03-26 Bonnie Blair skates world record 500 m ladies (38.99 sec)
  • 1995-02-12 Bonnie Blair skates female world record 500m (38.69 sec)
  • 1995-02-13 3rd ESPY Awards: Steve Young, Bonnie Blair win
  • 1995-03-19 Bonnie Blair skates female world record point total (156.450)

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