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Lydia Skoblikova Biography

A Natural Fit, Speed Skating's First Big Star, Challenging Stereotypes, Chronology, Awards And Accomplishments


Russian speed skater

Before American speed skaters Eric Heiden and Bonnie Blair raced to fame as Olympic champions, Soviet speed skater Lydia Skoblikova set a standard of excellence. She was the first athlete, man or woman, to win six gold medals in Olympic competition and remains the only woman to win four gold medals in a single Winter Olympic Games. Along the way, she debunked stereo-types about women athletes, Soviets in particular. Three decades later, despite the lack of widespread name recognition, her accomplishments still stand among the greatest in the sport.

Sketch by Carole Manny

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