Eric HEIDEN

United States of America USA

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    5 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Innsbruck 1976
  • Year of Birth
    1958
Olympic Results

Biography

Eric HEIDEN

Promising start

As a 17 year old, Eric Heiden competed in the 1976 Innsbruck Winter Games, finishing 7th in the 1500m and 19th in the 5,000m. His skating talent then blossomed and he won the overall title at the next three World Championships.

Amazing performance

At the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games, Heiden won all five speed skating events from 500m all the way up to 10,000m, setting an Olympic record in every one. In the 1500m he almost fell halfway through, before recovering to win by 37 hundredths of a second. In his final 10,000m victory, Heiden broke the world record by 6.20 seconds.

Olympic history

He was the first person in history to win five gold medals in the same Olympic Games – indeed he won every single event available. This impressive feat marked the pinnacle of Heiden’s skating career.

A new challenge

After his success at Lake Placid, Heiden turned to cycling, won the 1985 US Professional Cycling Championship and competed in the 1986 Tour de France.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Lake Placid 1980

G
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
G
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
G
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1976

#7
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#19
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating