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Dan Jansen


American speed skater who earned the 1994 Olympic precious metal in the 1,000 meters following many personal and career losses. His sister, Jane, a swiftness skater, released him to the activity. He found that his sister got passed away of leukemia quickly before he was established to compete within a 1988 Wintertime Olympics competition; regardless of this, he still continued and was presented with the U.S. Olympic Nature Prize for his courage. He wedded Karen Palacios in 2000. He and Bonnie Blair both became world-famous American swiftness skaters.

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Date Of Birth June 17, 1965
Place Of Birth Milwaukee, WI
Height 1.88 m
Weight 83 kg
Profession Speed Skater
Nationality American
Spouse Karen Palacios, Robin Wicker
Children Jane Jansen, Olivia Jansen
Parents Harry Jansen, Geraldine Jansen
Siblings Jane Marie Beres
Awards James E. Sullivan Award
Star Sign Gemini

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1Has two daughters, Justine (born in 1992) & Olivia (born in 1996).
2On 18 February 1994, at the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway, he competed in the 1000-meter speed skating event. After slipping twice, he won the race and his first Olympic gold medal, after failing to win any medals in previous Olympic events. Jansen's winning of the "Gold...at Last" was ranked #15 in TV Guide's list of the "25 Most Awesome Sports Moments (of the last 15 years)". [17 July 2005 issue]
3Has one daughter whom he named after his late sister.
4Inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame, 2004.



A Brother's Promise: The Dan Jansen Story1996TV Movie technical advisor



On Thin Ice2017Documentary completedHimself
Gylne tider2010TV Series documentaryHimself
Vancouver 2010: XXI Olympic Winter Games2010TV Mini-SeriesHimself - Speed Skating Commentator (2010)
ESPN 25: Who's #1?2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Soul of a Champion2006TV SeriesHimself
17th Annual American Century Championship2006TV Mini-SeriesHimself
16th Annual American Century Championship2005TV Mini-SeriesHimself
XIX Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony2002TV MovieHimself - Speed Skating Analyst
ESPN SportsCentury2002TV Series documentaryHimself
Crook & Chase1996TV SeriesHimself
Late Show with David Letterman1994-1996TV SeriesHimself
Jeopardy!1995TV SeriesHimself - Contestant
Sea World/Busch Gardens Party for the Planet1995TV MovieHimself - Guest
The Official 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics Video1988Video documentaryHimself / American Speed Skater

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Salt Lake 2002: Stories of Olympic Glory2003TV Movie documentaryHimself

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