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BLAIR Bonnie

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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Gallery

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BONNIE BLAIR USA

19 FEB 1994: BONNIE BLAIR OF THE UNITED STATES CELEBRATES HER GOLD MEDAL WIN IN THE 500 METER SPEED SKATE AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT
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Bonnie Blair

15 Feb 1992: Bonnie Blair poses for a picture during the Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Mandatory Credit: Mike Powell /Allsport
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SPEED SKATING BLAIR USA MEDAL

14 FEB 1992: BONNIE BLAIR OF THE UNITED STATES SHOWS OFF HER GOLD MEDAL AFTER CLAIMING VICTORY IN THE WOMENS 1000 METRE SPEED SKATING COMPETITION AT THE 1992 WINTER OLYMPICS IN ALBERTVILLE.
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Albertville 1992-Medals ceremony: BLAIR Bonnie (USA) 1st. At Albertville.
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Bonnie Blair

14 Feb 1992: Bonnie Blair skates down the ice during the Olympic Games in Albertville, France. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin /Allsport
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Albertville 1992-BLAIR Bonnie (USA) 1st, during the event. At Albertville.
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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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