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Daniel Jansen - Famous Skater


Full Name: Daniel Erwin Jansen; known as Dan Jansen

Date of Birth: 17 th June, 1965

Country: The United States of America

Sport involved in: Speed Skating

Achievements made:

  • Winner of World Sprint Championships in 1988 and 1994
  • Gold medalist in the 1000 meter speed skating event at the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Summer Games
  • Received James E. Sullivan Award in 1994
  • Inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004
  • World records setter in eight speed skating events
  • Career: Daniel Jansen started speed skating as a child. At the age of sixteen, Jansen set a world record in the 500 meter event at the junior level. He participated at the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Summer Games . however in the competition, he could not win any medal. Jansen became the World Sprint Champion in 1988. he entered the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics as a favorite. This time also Jansen was unable to win any medal. In 1991, Jansen set the world record in the 500 meter event. His performance in the 1992 Albertville Winter Summer Games was yet another disappointment. Jansen again failed to win any medal in the competition. He won the World Sprint Championships for the second time in 1994. between 1992 and 1994, Jansen became the only man to break the 36 seconds barrier in the 500 meter event. The 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics saw Jansen's last attempt to win an Olympic medal. This time he won his only Olympic title in the 1000 meter event. In the process, Jansen set a new world record in the event. Jansen is the setter of eight world records in the field of speed skating.

    Performance at the Olympics: Daniel Jansen participated in the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Summer Games for the first time. In the Games, Jansen finished in the sixteenth place in the 500 meter event. In the 1000 meter event, he became fourth. In his next appearance at the Olympics in the 1988 Calgary Winter Summer Games , Jansen entered the competition as the top contender of gold. During the competition Jansen was highly distressed by his sister's death. He slipped and fell in both the 500 meter and the 1000 meter events. As a consequence, Jansen failed to win any Olympic medal. In the 1992 Albertville Winter Olympics , Jansen was again favorite for gold in the 500 meter and 1000 meter events. However, this time he finished the 500 meter event in the fourth place and the 1000 meter event in the 26 th place. Jansen entered the 1994 Lillehammer Winter Olympics as a favorite in the 500 meter event. He again faced disaster and finished the 500 meter event in the eighth position. His last chance of winning an Olympic medal was in the 1000 meter event. In the event, in spite of having a slip on the penultimate turn, Jansen went on to win the race setting a new world record. He reached the finishing line in a record 1:12.43 seconds.

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