Dianne was born May 19, 1951. During her career she won the silver medal in the 500m and bronze in the 1000m during the 1968 Olympic Games and upon her Olympic return in 1972 she brought home the gold in the 1500m and silver in the 3000m. Along with this Olympic success she set a record in the 1500 meter, held a spot as a member of seven World Teams (1966-1972), during which she won fifteen World medals. After her retirement she continued in the sport as the coach of the 1976, 1980 and 1984 Olympic Teams who won thirteen medals in total and as the coach of eight World Teams who won over 100 medals, thirteen titles, and set seven World records. She was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 17, 1986 in Cleveland, Ohio.