February 10, 1998 |
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.
February 5, 1998 |
Speedskater Eric Flaim, a silver medalist in long- and short-track racing, will carry the U.S. flag at the head of the American team in Saturday's (Friday, Pacific time) opening ceremony. Flaim, of Boston, was elected flag bearer by the eight U.S. team captains. Flaim finished second in the 1,500 meters in 1988 in Calgary, then switched to short track for the 1992 Games in Albertville, France, and won another silver on the men's 5,000-meter relay team at Lillehammer, Norway, four years ago.
December 14, 1987 |
Eric Flaim broke an eight-year-old track record held by Eric Heiden to win the first men's 5,000-meter race Sunday night in the U.S. Olympic speedskating trials. Flaim, 20 and aiming to make the team in all five men's events, finished the race at the Wisconsin Olympic Ice Rink 7:07.02 to break the mark of 7:09.08 set by five-time Olympic gold medalist Heiden in 1979. "To get a record from Eric Heiden is pretty special in itself," said Flaim of Pembroke, Mass. "I could just taste it.
January 2, 1994 |
Since so few other speedskaters can beat her, Bonnie Blair found that to push herself to greater feats, she'd have to compete against herself. "When you go to different tracks around the world . . . I try not necessarily to beat the track record, but my record," said Blair, a three-time Olympic gold medalist. "This is something that I use and I look at basically every place I go." Blair set track records in the 500-meter and 1,000-meter sprints Saturday at the U.S.
December 29, 1997 |
Ylva Nowen of Sweden earned her third consecutive slalom victory on Sunday, defeating American Kristina Koznick by one-tenth of a second at Lienz, Austria. Nowen trailed Koznick by .12 seconds after the 58-gate first run, but came up with a strong second run. Nowen had a combined time of 1 minute 37.33 seconds. Koznick's second place was her best career finish and the best result for an American skier this season.