Bonnie Blair Cruikshank
Bonnie was born March 18, 1964. Perhaps one of the most decorated and honored female athletes of the twentieth century, Bonnie's accomplishments are extensive. She was a member of four U.S. Olympic Speed Skating Teams, winner of five Olympic gold medals between 1988 and 1994, became World Sprint Champion in 1989, 1994, and 1995, won nineteen World Sprint Medals, and won World Short Track Champion in 1986.
Along with all of these speedskating accomplishments, she has been presented with numerous other honors and awards, including: 1996 Humanitarian World of Sports Hall of Fame, 1996 Women's Sports Foundation Athlete of the Year, 1995 Jim Thorpe Special Achievement Award, Sports Illustrated’s "1994 Sportswoman of the Year", Associated Press "1994 Female Athlete of the Year", USOC 1992-1994 Sports Woman of the Year, ABC Sports 1992 Athlete of the Year, CBS "1994 Woman of the Year", and was the winner of the 1992 James E. Sullivan Award: Nation's Top Athlete of the Year.