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Eric Heiden

Speed Skater Eric Heiden

Profession: Speed Skater

Nationality:
United States of America
American

Why Famous: Won 5 Olympic gold medals in 1980.

Born: June 14, 1958
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, USA
Age: 63 years old

Generation: Baby Boomer
Chinese Zodiac: Dog
Star Sign: Gemini

Historical Events

  • 1977-02-13 Eric Heiden is 1st American to win world speed skating championship
  • 1978-03-12 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • 1979-02-17 Eric Heiden equals skating world record 1000m (1:14.99)
  • 1980-02-15 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 500m in Olympic record 38.03s; first of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1980-02-16 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 5,000m in Olympic record 7:02.29; second of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1980-02-19 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,000m in Olympic record 1:15.18; third of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1980-02-21 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins 1,500m in Olympic record 1:55.44; 4th of record 5 gold medal sweep of events at Lake Placid
  • 1980-02-23 American speed skater Eric Heiden wins Olympic 10,000m in world record 14:28.13; sweeps all 5 speed skating events at Lake Placid; only athlete to win 5 gold medals at one Winter Games
  • 1980-03-13 Eric Heiden skates world record 1000m (1:13.60)

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