Bonnie Blair Speed Skating Olympic Gold Medalist Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo w/coa $200 Retail

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Bonnie Blair Speed Skating Olympic Gold Medalist Signed Autographed 8x10 Photo w/coa $200 Retail

Bonnie Kathleen Blair is a retired American speedskater. She is one of the top skaters of her era, and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Wikipedia
Born: March 18, 1964 (age 53), Cornwall, New York, United States
Height: 1.65 m

Early career and first Olympics

Blair appeared at her first Olympic games at age 19 in Sarajevo in 1984.[5] Blair was not considered a front-runner and later recalled she was happy just to be at the games and see her family in the stands.[6][7] She failed to medal but finished eighth in the 500 meters.[1] Blair trained in both short-track and long-track. Blair won events at 1984, 1985 and 1986 short-track world championships and was the 1986 overall short-track world champion.[8]

Olympic medalist

At the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Blair had her best start ever in the 500 meters, winning the gold medal in world record time of 39.10 seconds. She also won the bronze in the 1,000 meters.[9]

Blair won the gold in both the 500 and 1,000 meters (1:21.90) at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.[10]

1994 Olympics

Blair took advantage of a change of Olympic rules. In 1986, the International Olympic Committee voted to stage the Winter Olympics and Summer Olympics in alternating four year cycles. Thus, the next Winter Games would be held in February 1994 rather than in February 1996. The 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, were a coronation of sorts for Blair: She again won gold in the 500 meters (39.25) and 1,000 (1:18.74) meters races, in dominating fashion. Blair finished 0.36 seconds ahead of the second best time in the 500 meters, and her 1.38 second margin in the 1,000 meters race is the largest margin of victory in the history of the event. In the process she became the first American woman to win five gold medals.[11] She also was the only American to have 6 medals at any Winter Olympics, a record that stood until short-track speed skater Apolo Ohno surpassed it at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Outside the Olympics

After the 1994 Olympics, Blair continued to compete. In March 1994, Blair set another world record in the 500 meters, becoming the first female to complete the race in under 39 seconds (38.99). Blair continued on to the 1995 World Championships in her adopted home town of Milwaukee.[12] The Blair Bunch, the name given to Blair's family and friends, accounted for 12% of the crowd at the Pettit National Ice Center.[12][4] There, Blair won the 500 meters with a time of 39.54 seconds.[12] On March 18, 1995, she retired.

Blair also tried track cycle racing, and was coached by former speed skater and cycling world champion Connie Paraskevin.[13]

Blair also competed in short-track speed skating, becoming the Overall Short-track World Champion in 1986.

As of 2014, Blair worked as a motivational speaker and corporate spokesperson.[14] That same year she was a member of the U.S. Olympic delegation to Sochi.

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