Blair, Bonnie (1964–)

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Blair, Bonnie (1964–)

American speedskater. Born Bonnie Blair, Mar 18, 1964, in Cornwall, NY; m. Dave Cruikshank (speedskater), 1996.

Won a gold medal in the 500 meters and a bronze in 1,000 meters at Calgary Olympics (1988); won gold medals in the 500 and 1,000 meters at Albertville Olympics (1992); won overall gold medal at World Sprint championships (1994); won gold medals in the 500 and 1,000 at Lillehammer Olympics (1994), becoming the 1st American woman in any sport to win gold medals in consecutive Winter Olympics, and 1st American speedskater to win gold medals in more than one Olympics; was the most decorated American Winter Olympian of all time. Named Associated Press Female Athlete of the Year (1994); received Babe Zaharias Female Amateur Athlete Award (1994).

See also Women in World History.