Four-Time Olympian and Gold Medalist in Speed Skating; Olympic Hall of Fame Inductee
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Four -time Olympian and eight-time speed skating World Record holder, Dan Jansen is best known for his amazing victory in the final race of his career at the 1994 Olympic Games. After suffering years of heartbreak and tragedy, including his beloved sister's death, at past Olympics, Dan overcame all the physical and emotional obstacles in his final competition to win the gold medal in the 1000m race. Today, Dan shares his story of courage and determination with audiences around the world, inspiring them to never give up and empowering them to conquer any challenge that comes their way.
ABOUT Dan Jansen (+/-)
Perseverance Brings Home the Gold
Inspired by his sister Jane, Dan Jansen took up speed skating while growing up in Wisconsin. He set a junior world record in the 500 meter race at the age of sixteen, and finished sixteenth in the 1,000 meters and fourth in the 500 meters at the 1984 Winter Olympics. A favorite at the 1988 and 1992 Olympics after winning World Championships, disaster struck both times - including his sister's death from leukemia - and he failed to medal at either event. Finally, after finishing eighth in the 500m race at the 1994 Olympics, he won his first and only Olympic gold medal of his career, setting a new world record in the process, and dedicated it to his late sister. For his efforts, Jansen received the James E. Sullivan award, presented annually to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. He was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004.
Helping Others, Fulfilling Dreams
Currently, Dan is a speed skating commentator for NBC and, since 2005, the skating coach for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. He has also established the Dan Jansen Foundation in memory of his sister, which contributes to youth sports, educational programs, and victims and families afflicted with leukemia and its related cancers. He is also a supporter of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, where he is an honorary board member.
SPEAKER TOPIC DESCRIPTIONS (+/-)
With humor, sensitivity and candor, Jansen outlines the principles that supported him through the process of dealing with his losses and overcoming his obstacles, a process that he now understands is one of growth. The lessons he has learned from his own life experiences are the foundation of the life he lives today.