Eric Arthur Heiden

Eric was born June 14, 1958. He first started to compete in pack-style skating and won the National Indoor and Outdoor Championships as a midget. The first medal he ever won was a bronze in metric skating in 1975. The next year, he went on to win a gold and two silvers at the Junior Worlds and a gold at the Worlds. In 1977, he made a sweep, never before done, by winning the Junior Worlds, the World Sprints, and the Worlds. Eric then went on to win Junior Worlds in 1978 with four gold medals and won the Worlds with three gold medals. His winning all five events and setting four Olympic records at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics has never been equaled. Eric was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 20, 1989 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.