Bonnie Blair

  • American athlete
  • Born March 18, 1964

Bonnie Kathleen Blair (born March 18, 1964) is a retired American speed skater. She is one of the top skaters of her era, and one of the most decorated athletes in Olympic history. Blair competed for the United States in four Olympics, winning five gold medals and one bronze medal. Blair made her Olympic debut in Sarajevo in 1984 where she finished eighth in the 500 meters. At the time, Blair trained in both short-track and long-track speed skating. She won the 1986 short-track world championship.

It's sad to know I'm done. But looking back, I've got a lot of great memories.

I don't fear anything.

I never could have achieved the success that I have without setting physical activity and health goals.

Winning doesn't always mean being first. Winning means you're doing better than you've ever done before.

This Olympics is almost a little sad. It is my final Olympics. There are a lot of good memories.

I was really happy with my race, though. I beat my personal best by 1.2 seconds.

I love short track. I competed in short track, I was a world champion in 1986 but at that point in time it wasn't in the Olympic Games so I moved into long track. Short track is a blast to skate and it's a blast to watch.

Apolo is going to have to keep skating so he can add more gold to his entourage.

I just hope I can get another personal best. If I can do that, I'll be satisfied.

Even though I enjoy that head-to-head competition part, one of the things that drove me to long track was if I won or if I lost I want to know it's all on my shoulders and it didn't have anything to do with anybody else.

My legs tightened up pretty much, and it was a hard last corner for me.

The sport I love has taken me around the world and shown me many things.

My parents put skates on me at age 2, the way it should be if you're serious, and I've always liked it.

You have to have the right mind-set.

I'm definitely going to miss hearing the sound of that gun.

Anytime you ride against the best in the world, it becomes a learning process.

I wasn't really expecting me to win the gold in this race. To get another medal for myself and for the U.S. was a pretty good thing to happen, I'd say.

I will remember all the days at the Olympics.

No matter what the competition is, I try to find a goal that day and better that goal.

What I've learned from my own journey, and from my family's experience with cancer, is how important it is to stay positive and move forward. Not every day is going to be perfect; that's life. But staying positive is going to get you to the next day.