1958 – Olympic Speedskater Eric Heiden Born

On this date was born in Madison. Olympic champion athlete, Heiden began serious competition in 1976 when he placed seventh in the 1,500 meter speed skating race at the Innsbruck Winter Olympics. Heiden was a 3-time overall world champion in 1977, 1978, and 1979. In 1980 he won gold medals in all five speed skating events and set a world record in the 10,000 meter race at the Lake Placid Winter Olympics. He became the first athlete ever to win five gold medals in a single Winter Olympics. He retired from speed skating shortly after the 1980 Olympics and began competing as a professional cyclist. After a less heralded career in cycling that included a ride in the 1986 Tour de France, Heiden went to Stanford medical school. Heiden currently serves as assistant professor of orthopaedics at the University of California at Davis Medical Center, an assistant team physician to the Sacramento Kings, and an expert in sports-related injuries. [Source: ]