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Eric Heiden

Chronology

1958 Born June 14 in Madison, Wisconsin
1961 Begins to skate on his grandfather's pond
1972 Chooses speed skating over hockey, begins training with Dianne Holum
1975 Makes his first junior world championship team
1976 Wins 1,500-meter event at junior world championship
1976 Competes at Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria
1976 Competes in his first Senior world championship
1977 Becomes first American to win world championship
1977 Becomes first to sweep junior world, world, and world sprint championships
1978 Sweeps junior world, world, and world sprint championships
1979 Sweeps world and world sprint championships
1980 Wins five Olympic gold medals and retires

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