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Bonnie BLAIR

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Bonne Blair began competing as a speed skater when she was four years old.

A new record and a gold medal

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.

Defending her medal

In 1992 Bonnie defended her Olympic 500m championship and then took a third career gold medal at 1,000m. Her total margin of victory for these three wins was only 22 hundredths of a second.

Largest margin in 1,000m history

Two years later, Blair took part in her third Olympic Games. She repeated her victories at both 500m and 1,000m, but this time she won clearly, by 38 hundredths of a second at 500m and 1.38 seconds at 1,000m. The latter was the largest margin in the event's history.

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“A kid in a candy store” - Bonnie Blair shares the experience of her first Olympic Games

Speed skater Bonnie Blair, one of the most successful American Olympic athletes of all time, recalls fondly her first Games in Sarajevo in 1984 in this new episode of our video series "Word of Olympians."

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Opening Ceremony

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - FEBRUARY 8: Speed skaters Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen during carry the olympic torch during the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games on February 8, 2002 at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)
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Lillehammer 1994-BLAIR Bonnie Kathleen (USA) 1st, during the event. At Hamar.
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Lillehammer 1994-BLAIR Bonnie Kathleen (USA) 1st, at the award ceremony.
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BONNIE BLAIR USA

23 FEB 1994: BONNIE BLAIR OF THE USA IN ACTION IN THE LADIES 1000M SPEED SKATING COMPETITION 1994 WINTER OLYMPICS IN LILLEHAMMER. Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole/ALLSPORT
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Bonnie Blair

19 Feb 1994: BONNIE BLAIR OF THE UNITED STATES CELEBRATES HER GOLD MEDAL WIN IN THE WOMENS 500 METER SPEED SKATE AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS in Lillehammer, Norway. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill /Allsport
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Results

  • Games
    Result
    Sport
    Event
  • G 01:18.74
    Skating
    1000m women
    G 00:39.25
    Skating
    500m women
  • G 1:21.90
    Skating
    1000m women
    G 0:40.33
    Skating
    500m women
  • G 0:39.10
    Skating
    500m women
    B 1:18.31
    Skating
    1000m women

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