Beth HEIDEN

United States of America USA

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 B
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Innsbruck 1976
  • Year of Birth
    1959
Olympic Results

Biography

Beth HEIDEN

Beth Heiden was one of the world's most outstanding women athletes. In high school she played tennis and soccer, but also ran track, setting a national age-group record for the mile. She went on to an outstanding career as a speed skater, becoming in 1979 the first American to win the Women's World Championships by winning all four events. She finished second in that event in 1980, was second in the 1978 and 1979 World Sprints, and was expected to join her brother, Eric Heiden, in picking up a slew of medals at Lake Placid. But an ankle injury hounded her, and the press's expectations bothered her, and she was not the dominant force that Eric was. She came away with a bronze medal in her best event, the 3,000. Heiden did not skate competitively after the 1980 season, but she has kept in shape. Later in 1980, she became the first American to win the cycling road race at the Women's World Championships, and for awhile it seemed cycling had become her primary sport. Beth Heiden had attended the University of Wisconsin as a physics major. But in 1981 she transferred to the University of Vermont where she tried a completely new sport – cross-country skiing. After only one year after taking up the sport, in 1983, she won the NCAA Women's championship in cross-country skiing.

Personal Bests: 500 – 41.78 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.66 (1980); 1500 – 2:07.87 (1980); 3000 – 4:32.60 (1980); 5000 – 8:06.93 (1979).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lake Placid 1980

#5
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
#7
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
B
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
#7
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1976

#11
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating