At the 1988 Olympic Games in Calgary, she watched as Christa Rothenburger broke the world record at 500m. Then she went out and bettered Rothenburger's time by two hundredths of a second to win her first gold medal. Blair also earned a bronze at 1 000m.
In 1992 Bonnie defended her Olympic 500m championship and then took a third career gold medal at 1000m. Her total margin of victory for these three wins was only 22 hundredths of a second.
Two years later, Blair took part in her third Olympic Games. She repeated her victories at both 500m and 1000m, but this time she won clearly, by 38 hundredths of a second at 500m and 1.38 seconds at 1000m. The latter was the largest margin in the event's history.