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Bonnie Blair Wins Gold By Record Distance - Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics
Bonnie Blair Wins Gold By Record Distance - Lillehammer 1994 Winter Olympics
Published: 2013/03/01
Channel: Olympic
Bonnie Blair Olympic Legend - Part 9 - Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Film | Olympic History
Bonnie Blair Olympic Legend - Part 9 - Lillehammer 1994 Olympic Film | Olympic History
Published: 2015/01/07
Channel: Olympic
Gold Medal Moments: Bonnie Blair -- Champion
Gold Medal Moments: Bonnie Blair -- Champion
Published: 2012/07/27
Channel: Team USA
Bonnie Blair defends her Olympic 500m title - Albertville 1992
Bonnie Blair defends her Olympic 500m title - Albertville 1992
Published: 2012/02/09
Channel: Olympic
Bonnie Blair - "The whole world is watching" | Words of Olympians
Bonnie Blair - "The whole world is watching" | Words of Olympians
Published: 2014/11/27
Channel: Olympic
BONNIE BLAIR.mp4
BONNIE BLAIR.mp4
Published: 2010/02/17
Channel: Pieter Siemers
1994 LEGGS ad for skater BONNIE BLAIR - USA Olympic Champion
1994 LEGGS ad for skater BONNIE BLAIR - USA Olympic Champion
Published: 2014/02/07
Channel: TheMotiondevotion
Lillehammer 1994 Women
Lillehammer 1994 Women's Speedskating Women's 500m Final
Published: 2014/03/18
Channel: Ian Ward
Winter Olympic Games Calgary 1988 - 1500 m Blair
Winter Olympic Games Calgary 1988 - 1500 m Blair
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
1990
1990's 1992 McDonalds Bonnie Blair Bacon Double Commercial
Published: 2007/09/09
Channel: Jen Wolford
03-18-1992 Letterman Ralph Macchio Bonnie Blair
03-18-1992 Letterman Ralph Macchio Bonnie Blair
Published: 2016/04/29
Channel: Zschim
1988 Olympics Bonnie Blair
1988 Olympics Bonnie Blair
Published: 2014/02/12
Channel: Jimm Magnet
Olympian Bonnie Blair talks candidly about life as a mom
Olympian Bonnie Blair talks candidly about life as a mom
Published: 2012/08/20
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Great Northern - Bonnie & Clyde Gossip Girls- Chuck and Blair
Great Northern - Bonnie & Clyde Gossip Girls- Chuck and Blair
Published: 2012/12/29
Channel: SsAgi
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 500 m Blair (Gold) -  Hauck
Winter Olympic Games Albertville 1992 - 500 m Blair (Gold) - Hauck
Published: 2015/12/11
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Bonnie Blair shows off the golfer in her
Bonnie Blair shows off the golfer in her
Published: 2017/05/23
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Bonnie Blair: Let
Bonnie Blair: Let's Move!
Published: 2010/04/19
Channel: letsmove
5-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair Cruikshank
5-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair Cruikshank
Published: 2013/11/20
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Lillehammer 1994 Bonnie Blair 1000m Speed Skating
Lillehammer 1994 Bonnie Blair 1000m Speed Skating
Published: 2017/04/20
Channel: History of Sports
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA) - interview Bonnie Blair, 1992 broadcasted
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA) - interview Bonnie Blair, 1992 broadcasted
Published: 2015/11/30
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Grant Cruikshank, son of Bonnie Blair and Dave Cruikshank, commits to UW hockey team
Grant Cruikshank, son of Bonnie Blair and Dave Cruikshank, commits to UW hockey team
Published: 2014/12/06
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair's Full Presentation
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: Wisconsin Senior Olympics
Veronica IJsgala Heerenveen 1990 - Nelli Cooman - Bonnie Blair 60 m
Veronica IJsgala Heerenveen 1990 - Nelli Cooman - Bonnie Blair 60 m
Published: 2015/10/04
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Bonnie Blair on What it Feels Like to Win a Medal
Bonnie Blair on What it Feels Like to Win a Medal
Published: 2013/10/30
Channel: Speakers.com
Bonnie Blair talks about her recipe in the We Energies Cookie Book
Bonnie Blair talks about her recipe in the We Energies Cookie Book
Published: 2016/11/01
Channel: We Energies
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair catches up with Mike
Five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair catches up with Mike
Published: 2015/04/24
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Turn Back the Qlock - Bonnie Blair
Turn Back the Qlock - Bonnie Blair
Published: 2016/03/01
Channel: qivanahq
Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
Published: 2014/03/11
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Wisconsin Deptartment of Tourism TV Ad Features Bonnie Blair.mp4
Wisconsin Deptartment of Tourism TV Ad Features Bonnie Blair.mp4
Published: 2011/05/17
Channel: Travel Wisconsin
Olympians + Massage: Bonnie Blair
Olympians + Massage: Bonnie Blair
Published: 2016/07/27
Channel: amtamassage
When I see Jesus Amen
When I see Jesus Amen
Published: 2017/06/25
Channel: Angel Cowan
Bonnie Blair named new spokesperson for Catholic Relief Services
Bonnie Blair named new spokesperson for Catholic Relief Services
Published: 2013/06/13
Channel: WISN 12 News
Olympic Champion Bonnie Blair Talks About Her Urinary Incontinence
Olympic Champion Bonnie Blair Talks About Her Urinary Incontinence
Published: 2011/04/01
Channel: The Dr. Bob Show
BONNIE BLAIR |Motivational Speaker| Collaborative Agency Group
BONNIE BLAIR |Motivational Speaker| Collaborative Agency Group
Published: 2012/08/28
Channel: CollaborativeAgency
Introduction of Bonnie Blair
Introduction of Bonnie Blair
Published: 2017/07/14
Channel: Wisconsin Senior Olympics
Chatting with Bonnie Blair
Chatting with Bonnie Blair
Published: 2015/07/21
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Bonnie Blair, I accept! #IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS
Bonnie Blair, I accept! #IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS
Published: 2014/08/10
Channel: Sarah Hughes
Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
Published: 2013/07/30
Channel: Rubicon Talent
Bonnie Blair: US Olympic Hall of Famer
Bonnie Blair: US Olympic Hall of Famer
Published: 2011/07/26
Channel: EaglesTalent
Bonnie Blair Short Documentary
Bonnie Blair Short Documentary
Published: 2016/07/27
Channel: Olivia Miller
Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair
Published: 2014/01/22
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
World Championships Sprint Tromsø 1990 - 500 m Blair - Hauck
World Championships Sprint Tromsø 1990 - 500 m Blair - Hauck
Published: 2015/09/24
Channel: Vid Speedska-ting
Rohdes to Russia: Bonnie Blair joins our winners
Rohdes to Russia: Bonnie Blair joins our winners
Published: 2014/02/08
Channel: TODAY’S TMJ4
Bonnie Blair: The Cocktail - from the Cocktail Dudes
Bonnie Blair: The Cocktail - from the Cocktail Dudes
Published: 2014/11/19
Channel: cocktaildudes
Bonnie Blair on Qivana Products.mp4
Bonnie Blair on Qivana Products.mp4
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: Qivana Rocqstars
Bonnie Blair, 5-time Gold Medal Olympic Champion
Bonnie Blair, 5-time Gold Medal Olympic Champion
Published: 2011/01/27
Channel: AllNaturalHealthTv
Bonnie Blair: 38 Second 500
Bonnie Blair: 38 Second 500
Published: 2015/01/05
Channel: APB Speakers
Bonnie Blair Qivana Research and Joining.mp4
Bonnie Blair Qivana Research and Joining.mp4
Published: 2012/12/27
Channel: Qivana Rocqstars
Bonnie Blair Documentary
Bonnie Blair Documentary
Published: 2016/07/28
Channel: Sam Clark
BONNIE BLAIR NEEDS HOCKEY TICKETS
BONNIE BLAIR NEEDS HOCKEY TICKETS
Published: 2010/02/17
Channel: OLYMPICFITZ
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Bonnie Blair
Bonnie Blair.jpg
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1964-03-18) March 18, 1964 (age 53)
Cornwall, New York
Height 5 ft 5 in (165 cm)
Weight 130 lb (59 kg)
Sport
Sport Speedskating
Turned pro 1984
Retired 1995

Bonnie Kathleen Blair (born March 18, 1964) 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. Blair competed for the United States in four Olympics, winning five gold medals and one bronze medal.

Early life[edit]

Blair was born in Cornwall, New York to Charlie and Eleanor Blair. She was the youngest of six children and was raised in Champaign, Illinois.[1] She attended Jefferson Middle School. After graduating from Centennial High School in Champaign,[2] she moved to the Milwaukee area to train with the United States national speed skating team.

Career[edit]

1984, 1988, and 1992 Olympics[edit]

Blair appeared at her first Olympic games at age 19 in Sarajevo in 1984.[3] She failed to medal but finished eighth in the 500 meters.[4]

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.[5]

Blair won the gold in both the 500 and 1,000 meters (1:21.90) at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville, France.[6]

1994 Olympics[edit]

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.[7] She also was the only American to have 6 medals at any Winter Olympics, a record that stood until Apolo Ohno tied it and then surpassed it at the 2010 Winter Olympics when he won a silver and two bronze medals in short track speed skating for eight career medals.

Outside the Olympics[edit]

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). On March 18, 1995, she retired. Blair won several prestigious awards, including the 1992 James E. Sullivan Award, the 1992 Oscar Mathisen Award (being the first female winner of this award), the 1992 ABC's Wide World of Sports Athlete of the Year, and Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year, along with Johann Olav Koss, in 1994. She also was Female Athlete of the Year as selected by the Associated Press in 1994. Blair also won the World Cup points championship 11 times.

Blair also tried track cycle racing, and was coached by former speed skater and cycling world champion Connie Paraskevin.[8]

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

Recognition, personal life[edit]

Bonnie Blair on Azerbaijani postage stamp, 1995

She is a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and the Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame.[9] In 2004, she was elected to the United States Olympic Hall of Fame. At the time of her induction, Blair was the most decorated United States Winter Olympian of all time with 5 gold and one bronze (she is currently third to Apolo Ohno who has 2 gold, 2 silver and 4 bronze if equality of medals irrespective of colour is applied). She was awarded a star (#7) on The Flag for Hope on September 29, 2015 in recognition of her outstanding Speed Skating Career and philanthropic efforts.[10][11] She is married to fellow Olympic speedskater Dave Cruikshank, with whom she has a son, Grant, and daughter, Blair.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Woolum, Janet (1998). Outstanding Women Athletes. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 90–92. 
  2. ^ Nelson, Murry (2013). American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. ABC-CLIO. p. 137. 
  3. ^ Nelson, Murry (2013). American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. ABC-CLIO. p. 137. 
  4. ^ Woolum, Janet (1998). Outstanding Women Athletes. Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 90–92. 
  5. ^ Woolum, Janet (1998). Outstanding Women Athletes. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 91. 
  6. ^ Nelson, Murry (2013). American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. ABC-CLIO. p. 137. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Murry (2013). American Sports: A History of Icons, Idols, and Ideas. ABC-CLIO. p. 137. 
  8. ^ "SPORTS WORLD SPECIALS: CYCLING; A Smooth-as-Ice Switch". New York Times. 5 June 1989. 
  9. ^ BadgerStateGames.org: Hall of Fame Members
  10. ^ "Bonnie Blair – Flag for Hope Star #7". Flag for Hope. 2016-10-21. Retrieved 2016-10-21. 
  11. ^ http://www.tmj4.com/news/local-news/bonnie-blair-cruikshank-paints-star-on-flag-of-hope
  12. ^ "Bonnie Blair: Biography from Answers.com". Answers.com. Archived from the original on February 21, 2010. Retrieved 2010-02-21. 

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Awards
Preceded by
Norway Johann Olav Koss
Oscar Mathisen Award
1992
Succeeded by
Netherlands Falko Zandstra
Preceded by
Romania Nadia Comăneci
Flo Hyman Memorial Award
1999
Succeeded by
United States Monica Seles

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