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Bonnie Blair Bonnie Blair began in short-track speed skating which has a whole pack of skaters racing around a track When she was sixteen she began Olympic style racing in which only two skaters are on the track racing against time rather than against one another In 1982 Bonnie was advised to compete in Europe to sharpen her skills but she had difficulty raising money for the trip The police department of Champaign IL held a series of raffles and bake sales for her and Jack Sikma of the NBAs Milwaukee Bucks donated 1500 for the same cause Blair gained much-needed experience in Olympic style speed skating during her European tour Bonnie won the U S indoors title in 1983 1984 and 1986 and was the North American indoor champion in 1985 She became a definite Olympic contender by setting a world record of 3943 seconds in the 500-meter event at the 1987 worlds At the 1988 Olympics Blair set another world record to win a gold medal in the 500-meter event After winning the world over-all sprint title in 1989 she finished second in 1990 and third in 1991 and entered the 1992 Olympics as a favorite in the 500-meter and a strong contender in the 1000-meter She won both becoming the first skater ever to win two consecutive gold medals in the 500-meter sprint and she received the Sullivan Award as the nations outstanding amateur athlete She turned around her career by winning the world sprint championship and gold medals in the Olympic 500- and 1000-meter races in 1994 I think she is a person who is never really unhappy Bonnie is a very friendly determined and modest person I enjoyed doing this report on her because she was very interesting and is a great role model for the whole world
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