Dan was born June 17, 1965. From 1983 through 1994, he was one of the top speed skaters in the world. In the Junior World Speed Skating Championship of 1983 he won the gold medal in the 500 m. In the World Sprint Championships from 1985-1994 he won five gold, five silver, and five bronze medals. He achieved the title of World Sprint Champion in 1988 and 1994. Dan was also the five time World record holder in the 500 and 1000m. Dan held a position as an Olympic team member on the teams of 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1994. He won an Olympic gold medal in the 1000m at the 1994 games while also setting an Olympic record. He holds over forty individual World Cup victories and seven overall World Cup titles.