Dan Jansen is an American former lengthy observe speedskater and four-time Olympian, who gained a historic gold medal within the 1,000-meter at his fourth and last Olympic Video games. Born in West Allis, Wisconsin, Jansen and his eight siblings had been launched to skating at a younger age. He set a junior world report at age 16 throughout his first worldwide competitors, and he made the 1984 U.S. Olympic Group two years later. Jansen was a seven-time general world cup champion and two-time world dash champion, with eight world data and over 75 world cup medals. Regardless of his success outdoors of the Video games, Jansen had not gained an Olympic medal coming into the ultimate occasion of his Olympic profession. He completed fourth within the 500 in his first Video games, and he fell within the 500 and 1,000 in the course of the Olympic Winter Video games Calgary 1988 following his sister’s dying because of leukemia. Jansen continued competing and coaching, nevertheless, changing into the primary skater to interrupt the 36-second barrier within the 500. He beat the 36-second barrier 4 instances main as much as the Olympic Winter Video games Lillehammer 1994 — a feat no different skater had completed. Jansen lastly earned his first Olympic medal within the 1,000 with a world-record time, and subsequently gained the 1994 James E. Sullivan Award for the nation’s most excellent novice athlete. After retiring from speedskating, he labored as a CBS sports activities broadcaster and established the Dan Jansen Basis to assist help in leukemia analysis and youth sports activities applications.
- 4-time Olympian (1984, 1988, 1992, 1994); Olympic medalist (1 gold)
- Sarajevo 1984, 4th (500-meter), sixteenth (1,000)
- Calgary 1988, DNF (500, 1,000)
- Albertville 1992, 4th (500), twenty sixth (1,000)
- Lillehammer 1994, gold (1,000)
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