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Dan Jansen Biography

Former Olympic speedskater
Con to the question "Is Golf a Sport?"

“At the risk of offending golfers, which is not what I want to do, I don’t know that it is a sport. The difference is, you can smoke a cigarette while doing it. But it is a game, and it’s the hardest game I’ve ever played.”

Peter McCleery, “Are Golfers Really Athletes?,” Golf Digest, May 2, 2007

Involvement and Affiliations:
  • Speed skating television commentator, NBC, 1998-present
  • Honorary board member, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation
  • Motivational speaker
  • Skating coach, Chicago Blackhawks (National Hockey League), 2005-2007
  • Inducted into United States Olympic Hall of Fame, 20004
  • Founder, Dan Jansen Foundation, 1994
  • Winner, gold medal, Lillehammer Winter Olympics, 1994
  • Recipient, James E. Sullivan Award, 1994
  • World Sprint Speed Skating Champion, 1988 and 1994
  • Member, US Olympics Speed Skating Team, 1984, 1988, 1992, 1994
  • Recipient, US Olympic Spirit Award, 1988
  • Graduated from West Allis Central High School (Wisconsin)
  • Born June 17, 1965
  • Eight time World record holder in the speed skating 500m and 1000m
  • Seven time Overall World Cup Champion
  • Winner of 20 World Championship medals
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