Blair, Bonnie

Blair, Bonnie

▪ American speed skater
in full  Bonnie Kathleen Blair  
born March 18, 1964, Cornwall, New York, U.S.

      American speed skater who became the most successful American woman athlete in the history of Olympic competition. For eight years she dominated the sprint events in women's speed skating, and, at three Olympic Games (1988, 1992, and 1994), she collected five gold medals and one bronze.

      Blair came from a family of avid skaters and began entering races when she was four years old. She first gained acclaim at age 19 by winning the world short-track title in 1986 at Chamonix, France. A year later she twice set a world record for the 500-metre event on the standard circuit. In 1989 she won her first world sprint championship. She again won the world sprint title in 1994, also winning the World Cup 500- and 1,000-metre races that year. She also took these titles in 1995.

      Blair's greatest success came at the Olympics, though she started slowly. At the 1984 Games in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia (now in Bosnia and Herzegovina), she could finish no better than eighth in the 500-metre event. At the 1988 Games in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, she was a favourite in the sprint events and earned a gold in the 500-metre event and a bronze in the 1,000-metre event. At the 1992 Games in Albertville, France, she captured the gold medal in both the 500- and 1,000-metre competitions, a feat that she repeated at the 1994 Olympic Games in Lillehammer, Norway.

      Although she was small for a speed skater, Blair's technique was nearly flawless. She was an exceptionally consistent skater, able to maintain an accentuated crouch and a smooth rhythm in her strides throughout a race, while other skaters typically lost time to momentary lapses in their technique.

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Universalium. 2010.

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