BONNIE BLAIR

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Success under pressure is the measure of a true champion. There are numerous winners in the world of sports but the celebrated athletes are the few who meet the challenge of pressure time after time. Bonnie Blair is undoubtedly celebrated as the speedskater who produces her best performances when it counts the most.

Ms. Blair began her race in the 500-meter event of the 1988 Calgary Olympics immediately after her rival of East Germany set a world record. Not to be outdone, she proceeded to skate the 500 meters faster than any woman had before or has since, capturing the gold medal in a world record time of 39.1. This record stood for 5 years until March 1994, when at the age of 30, Blair met her ultimate goal of shattering the 39-second mark with a time of 38.99.

Four years later at the 1992 Albertville Olympics, with the world watching and a nation counting on her, Bonnie Blair came through again. She blew away the field in the 500 meters, defeating her nearest competitor, Ye Qiaobo of China, by 18 hundredths of a second. The victory made her the first woman in Olympic history to win consecutive gold medals in the event, and the first American woman to win consecutive Winter Olympic gold medals. She made history again in the 1,000 meters, edging out the competition by just two hundredths of a second to win her second gold of the Games, and her fourth Olympic medal overall.

In 1994, Ms. Blair skated in her final Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway. Supported by 60 plus members of "The Blair Bunch", she once again swept the sprint races winning gold medals in both the 500 and 1,000-meter events. By capturing her sixth career Olympic medal, she emerged as U.S. history's most decorated Winter athlete, as well as the record holder for the most gold medals (5) won by an American woman in any sport.

The United States Olympic Committee's Woman Speedskater of the Year from 1985 to 1992, Bonnie Blair also captured the world record for overall points in the World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in 1989. She eclipsed that mark at a World Cup event in Davos in January 1992, shortly thereafter, in Calgary in April 1992, and finally again in Calgary in January 1994.

Ms. Blair is widely admired for her combination of modesty and confidence. A professional writer summarized her appeal by praising her unassuming manner and charm, "Your modesty in accepting the medal, holding back the tears, your bright smile when thanking the Olympic official, your tender words to those you defeated--all of these characteristics endeared you to the mass of viewers in our nation and abroad."

Bonnie Blair began skating when she was just two years old, following in the footsteps of her five older brothers and sisters. She also water skis, snow skis, plays golf, and softball.

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