Dutch skater Ireen Wüst has won eleven medals — five gold, five silver, and one bronze — more than any other speed skater at the Olympics. Lidiya Skoblikova, who represented the Soviet Union, is one of two female Winter Olympians to win six gold medals (cross-country skier Lyubov Yegorova is the other).
Who was the first female gold medalist in Olympic speed skating?
Among them are the five gold medals won by 21-year old Eric Heiden at the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics, and the capture of the first Olympic medal for short track speed skating by Cathy Turner in 1992. She followed that up four years later with another gold in the 500-meters.
Who is the best female speed skater of all time?
The best female speed skater ever? There were fewer top-class women speed skaters around in the early 1960s, but that fact should not detract from Lydia Skoblikova’s remarkable achievement of winning six Olympic gold medals in the course of an outstanding career.
Who is the best speed skater in the world?
Heiden is the only athlete in the history of speed skating to have won all five events in a single Olympic tournament and the only one to have won a gold medal in all events. He is considered by some to be the best overall speed skater (short and long distances) in the sport’s history.
Who is the famous speed skater?
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Where is Bonnie Blair now?
Thirty-one years ago, Calgary was the place where she began an Olympic journey that ended with five gold medals and one bronze won over three Winter Games. But now, she’s in Calgary for a different reason.
How much do speed skaters make?
This comes to around $20,000 per year. The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the median wage for athletes and sports competitors at $51,370 in 2017. That means half earn more and half earn less. Many pro skaters end up coaching to supplement their income, which could take them closer to this wage.
Who is the best short track speed skater?
Viktor Ahn of Russia, formerly of South Korea with his birth name of Ahn Hyun-soo, is the most decorated short-tracker in Olympics, having won eight medals including six gold medals, and two bronze. China’s Wang Meng and South Korean Chun Lee-Kyung has won four gold medals each.