Heiden was born Madison, Wisconsin on June 14, 1958. His sister, Beth Heiden, also became an accomplished cyclist, speed skater and cross-country skier. In their hometown Shorewood Hills, Wisconsin (a neighborhood in Madison just west of the city center), Eric and his
In the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid, New York, he won all five individual speed-skating gold medals, breaking a standing record. He was widely considered to be the greatest U.S. Olympic speed skater of all time, breaking over 10 world speed-skating records. He was to speed skating
Eric Arthur Heiden was born June 14, 1958, in Madison, Wisconsin into an athletic and competitive family. His father, Jack, was an orthopedic surgeon who specialized in sports medicine, as well as a cyclist and former fencing champion. His mother, Nancy, was Madison, Wisconsin's senior tennis champion, as well as a
7 Feb 2014 Eric Heiden in the Olympic park in Sochi, Russia Arthur Bondar for The Wall Street Journal. By Eric Heiden, the former speed skater who won five Olympic gold medals in 1980, was back at the Winter Games last week. (He was eager to get home to his family and left before the Games officially started.)
24 Feb 2010 Now a physician, Heiden still wonders how he did it.
30 Sep 2009 Eric Heiden, who won five gold medals in the 1980 Olympics and is now an orthopedic surgeon, is proud of his achievements, but remains uncomfortable with celebrity.
2 Feb 1981 Someone in the family bought it. The statement required the signatures of Heiden and a witness. Heiden signed it. So did the witness, sort of. The witness was the Heiden family cat. The witness's signature was a cat's paw. ''Eric's Schwinn deal is good,'' said Mr. Taylor, the marketing man, ''because you can
The elder Heiden, now 70, was also influenced by his son Eric. “So many times the parents are active and the kids fall in line,” Jack Heiden said in a telephone interview from his office in Madison, Wisc. However, that was not the case in the Heiden family, where the athletic prowess of son Eric and daughter Beth, also an
Eric Heiden never asked for his moment of fame. It was more than the customary 15 minutes, too. More like nine days. The muscular speed skater never sought the glory, although he skated for the gold. An adoring public thrust it upon him.