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Eric Heiden – American Hero in Two Sports

Olympic medalist and record setting ice-skater turned professional cyclist Eric Heiden was a US hero that burst on the cycling scene with the iconic 7-Eleven team. We caught-up with Eric at his home in Utah to hear all about his move from ice to tarmac and all his successes.


Lake Placid, USA 1980 and the XIII Winter Olympics. The Man of the Games? With his 32” waist and 27” thighs clad in that famous gold suit, the very epitome of power and grace there could only be one; Eric Heiden.

The man from Madison Wisconsin won all five gold medals in the long track speed skating over distances from 500 meters to 10,000 meters setting five Olympic and one world record in the process. That 10,000 meters record was just one of 15 he set during his speed skating career, not to mention seven senior world championships.

And he wasn’t a bad cyclist either, part of the now legendary red white and green of the 7-Eleven team. Taking the first US PRO Championship and riding the Worlds, Giro and Tour. Thanks go to friend of VeloVeritas Mike Engleman who connected us with Eric at his home in Park City, Utah.

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