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March 15, 1987 | From Associated Press
Eight years ago as a 15-year-old, speed skater Bonnie Blair was paired with world class skater Leah Poulos Mueller in a race at the 1980 Olympic trials. Mueller set a track record that day, and after the race she sought out Blair to offer thanks. "It was actually my second time in Olympic style competition," said Blair, who has been skating since she was 2.
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February 21, 2010 | By David Wharton
It was barely a week ago that Apolo Anton Ohno insisted he wasn't thinking about making history. Skating fast seemed more important. "I want to podium," he said. "I want to win races." That philosophy carried him into the record books on Saturday night as he won the seventh medal of his career, more than any other U.S. athlete in the Winter Olympics. History took the form of a bronze in the 1,000 meters at the Pacific Coliseum, pushing him past the likes of Bonnie Blair and Eric Heiden.
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March 9, 1993 | From Associated Press
Bonnie Blair is not fond of taking phone calls at 3:45 a.m. She wouldn't have missed this one for the world. On Monday night, the speedskater from Champaign, Ill., won the Sullivan Award as the nation's top amateur athlete last year. But it was Tuesday morning at Blair's end of the line in Inzell, Germany, where she is training for this weekend's World Cup in Holland. Blair, 28, winner of two gold medals in the Olympics last year at Albertville, France, got the news from her sister, Angela.
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February 20, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
Just a few thousand meters separate Apolo Anton Ohno from making history. The Seattle native has six medals in his Olympic career, tying him with Bonnie Blair for most by an American in Winter Games history. Ohno can win No. 7 on Saturday night when he competes in the 1,000-meter event. "The 1,000 is a very tough race," said Ohno, a three-time Olympian. "The first round of the quarterfinals are going to be ridiculously stacked. They could be finals themselves." South Korean skaters Sung Si-Bak, Lee Ho-Suk and Lee Jung-Su, along with J.R. Celski of the U.S. and Charles Hamelin of Canada, figure to be formidable opponents for Ohno, who is a two-time Olympic medalist in the event (bronze in 2006 and silver in 2002)
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December 20, 1987 | Associated Press
Bonnie Blair continued her domination of the U.S. women's speed skating trials Saturday night, while Erik Henriksen clinched a spot on his third straight Olympic team by winning the men's final 500-meter trial. Blair of Champaign, Ill., won the women's 500 meters in 42.30 seconds and now has won all four 500-meter trials, both 1,500-meter trials and one 1,000-meter trial. She will skate one more race, the third and final 1,000 meters, today during the final day of competition.
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February 24, 1988 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
The morning she won her gold medal, Bonnie Blair bounced out of bed and had what turned out to be her breakfast of champions. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich. But if everything works out, America's newest gold medalist may soon be able to afford a finer meal and dine somewhere else besides a cafeteria line. Breakfast at Tiffany's, perhaps? The selling of Bonnie Blair has already begun, according to her agent, who said he isn't quite sure what the price of gold will be.
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February 27, 1988 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
Bonnie Blair, the United States' one-woman speed skating army, travels on her stomach as well as her skates, but Friday night she might have spread her peanut butter and jelly a little too thin. Christa Rothenburger and Karin Kania, two East Germans from Dresden, broke the world record and Blair's chance for a second gold medal as if they were shattering a place setting of china. Rothenburger won the 1,000-meter speed skating race and took the gold medal in a surprising upset.
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February 18, 1995 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speedskating technique can be broken down to the deep angle of a knee, the low drop of the body, the length of a stride. Technically, Bonnie Blair is superb, but that doesn't begin to explain her five Olympic gold medals, the most for an American woman. Her mother attributes her success to a strong work ethic. "When she finds what she wants to do and can see it's something that she really likes, she'll do it well," Eleanor Blair said.
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February 6, 1992 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Have gold and bronze medals from the 1988 Winter Olympics, two visits to the White House, endorsement contracts with three major companies and about as much fame and fortune as any speedskater can expect spoiled Bonnie Blair? Judge for yourself while reading the transcript of a recent interview with Blair about her second visit to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. to attend a state dinner for Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1988: "I had an escort guy pick me up.
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November 22, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Bonnie Blair, a double Olympic gold medal winner, scored easy victories in the 500 and 1,000-meter speedskating races at a meet in Oslo.
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February 12, 2010 | By Chris Kuc
Near the end of another practice session in preparation for his third Winter Olympic Games, Apolo Anton Ohno toes the starting line for a final trip around the short track. As the 27-year-old explodes in a flurry of arms and legs, ice shavings flying and light dancing off his skates, everything else in the building seems to pause. Teammates stop gathering equipment as all eyes are drawn to the 5-foot-6-inch speed skater as he races around the ice. It's not the last time Ohno will be the focus of attention in the coming days.
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February 16, 2002 | Helene Elliott
Bonnie Blair is glad her speedskating career ended before the clap-skate era dawned in 1998 and skaters had to adapt to the new gear, in which the heel of the blade isn't attached to the boot and the toe is attached with a hinge. "I have a pair of the clap skates," Blair said, "but I've never lit it up." Blair lit up three Olympics with triumphant performances--and the exuberance of the "Blair Bunch," the friends and relatives who followed her to every competition and unabashedly roared.
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February 19, 1999
It's never routine, she said, the gold medal around her neck, her eyes moistening. Bonnie Blair, at Hamar, Norway, had just won her fourth gold medal--for the women's 500-meter speedskating event--in three Winter Olympic Games, and shook her head when asked afterward if it was beginning to feel routine. It was her third consecutive gold in the same event. No other speedskater had won at the same distance in three straight Olympics.
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February 10, 1998 | RANDY HARVEY
From Calgary to Albertville to Lillehammer, my fondest Winter Olympic memories are of Dutch fans singing "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean" in tribute to an American speedskater they admired as much as their own. "Bring back, bring back, bring back my Bonnie to me, to me." Bonnie Blair never let them down, never let anyone down. Winning was as routine for her as eating a peanut butter and jelly sandwich before every race. She won five gold medals, more than any other U.S.
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February 1, 1998
Speed skating has been part of the Winter Olympics since the first Games were held in Chamonix Mont-Blanc in 1924. Originally only men competed, but women's events began in 1960 at Squaw Valley. Speedskating features two competitors going head-to-head, counterclockwise, on a 400-meter track in heats called pairs. People to Watch Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen have retired. As a result, the United States has only one realistic chance for a gold medal.
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July 22, 1996 | LISA DILLMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
She effortlessly moves from carrying the Olympic torch--the pleasantly surprising link between Evander Holyfield and Muhammad Ali--to the mundane task of doing laundry for a 14-year-old teammate, Amanda Beard. U.S. swimmer Janet Evans has handled her fame with down-to-earth ease, the same way American speedskater Bonnie Blair did en route to five gold medals, the most by a female U.S. Olympian.
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February 19, 1995 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Home-ice advantage gave five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair an insurmountable edge Saturday--and it furthered Christine Witty's efforts to make a name for herself. Blair, who trains with Witty at the Pettit National Ice Center, opened defense of her world sprint speedskating title by setting track records in the 500-meter and 1,000-meter races.
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February 18, 1995 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Speedskating technique can be broken down to the deep angle of a knee, the low drop of the body, the length of a stride. Technically, Bonnie Blair is superb, but that doesn't begin to explain her five Olympic gold medals, the most for an American woman. Her mother attributes her success to a strong work ethic. "When she finds what she wants to do and can see it's something that she really likes, she'll do it well," Eleanor Blair said.
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