March 14th, 1984, Bonnie Blair is born the youngest of six children in her household. She grew up in New York, attending Centennial High School. In addition to skating, Blair was also a cheer leader and a member of the student council. At age 15, Blair tried out for the national team, earning a spot on her first attempt. Blair became an Olympic speed skating gold medalist. She grew to become the most decorated women in United States history, holding 11 Gold medals . The 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary is where she won her first Olympic gold medal in the 500 meters and a bronze medal in the 1,000 meter. Blair continued competing through 1995 when the World Championships were held in Milwaukee, finally retiring in March 1995. In an interview she says “I never could have achieved the success that I have without setting physical activity and health goals.” Bonnie has even inspired her daughter to become a speed skater also.
“Winning doesn’t always mean being first. Winning means you’re doing better than you’ve ever done before.”