Interview with I I
By Chris Mann
Still Handy with a Blade
The five-time gold medalist is now the team surgeon.
I get into skating to make financial gains. I knew it something in my plans. I felt that if I did do endorsements it would interfere with the goals that I had. At age 8, we had a career week at school.
I knew then that I wanted to be a doctor.
Focusing on physiology while I
was training was a hobby. Now sports is the hobby.
I felt a little bit let down The competition that really was my
coming out as a speedskater was the World Championships in 1977. It came down to the last race, the 10,000 meter. I was paired with the Olympic champion from the year before, Piet Kleine the I went head-to-head with the guy and beat him and beat my personal record by 27 seconds.
the 2002 Olympics opening But I got over it. I think now I still show up, but I would have a more politically correct response.
We need to encourage
the present team to understand that they have a big responsibility. They are role models representing the U.S., and what they do reflects directly on our country.
I thank people when they remind me of what I used to do,
and I really appreciate the fact that they recognize that what I did was pretty special.
I became interested in cycling while I was training as a
speedskater. I was fortunate enough to train with one of the premier U.S. teams and race in some of the biggest races in the world, like the Tour de France.
important to have
a strong role model, a mentor, who you can talk to and rely on. It can get a little bit crazy, and nice to have someone who you can look up to and respect. Experience helps.
1986 Tour de France was an eye-opening experience. As an athlete you feel invincible. Then you realize you sometimes have control of what happens.
Muscle Body February 2010
LEFT TO RIGHT: COURTESY OF USOC; JOHN BURGESS /GETTY IMAGES
As time goes by, I think people misunderstood some of the things that I said. Somebody asked me, does it feel to have five gold And I remember saying, rather have a new warm-up At the time, as an amateur athlete, it was more important to me to have something you could use that was more practical.
Born June 14, 1958 in Madison, WI Earned 15 world records from Holds Winter Olympic record of five individual golds in one year Won the U.S. professional cycling championship in 1985 Ranked in 50 Greatest Athletes of the 20th Century Refused to run the Olympic torch at the 2002 Winter Games in Salt Lake City when officials chose a 1980 U.S. hockey team member, and not Heiden, to light the torch Medical director for the USA Cycling and USA Speedskating teams Once told media, really liked it best when I was a
Sometimes I get a little jealous of the salaries of
some of the skaters I work with. But very grateful now that I did not continue skating. It allowed me to pursue my education and become a doctor.