Several days later, he competed in the 1000-meter race and after a record-breaking start, fell again. After retiring from skating in 1994, he established the Dan Jansen Foundation in memory of his sister, with the purpose of fighting leukemia. It was a call from the hospital room of his sister Jane with the news that she was rapidly losing her yearlong battle with leukemia. Four years later, at the 1988 Olympics in Calgary, Canada, Jansen, who had won the World Sprint Championship a week earlier, was a gold-medal favorite in the 500 meters. Olympic Spirit Award for his valiant efforts.
Dan Jansen: Between those two scenarios, I pretty much think I had the gold before I ever started. Jansen now lives in Mooresville, N. Only a few hours before the start of the race, he found that she had died. . At 28, he come into the competition figuring it was his last chance for an Olympic medal. He qualified to compete in the 500- and 1,000-meter races there and, at age 18, was the youngest competitor.
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Dan established the Dan Jansen Foundation in 1994, which contributes to youth sports, educational programs, and victims and families afflicted with leukemia and its related cancers. After his retirement from skating, Jansen became a motivational speaker. Despite his Olympic heartbreak, he remained a top competitor and was the first man to break 36 seconds in the 500 meters. After a false start by Ireland, Jansen was not skating his quickest, but was in the lead. Jansen was born on June 17, 1965 in West Allis, Wis.
The lessons he has learned from his own life experiences are the foundation of the life he lives today. I was one of the favorites going in, I knew I was capable, but the way things had been going for me, it was tough to be real positive any more. He also has stayed close enough to the U. That's when I started to feel there's too much emphasis on medals. He has three sisters who are nurses. The day before, there was nothing that was going to make me lose.
All images are property the copyright holder and are displayed here for informational purposes only. No one else had done it once. In 1993, Jansen set a world record in the 500-meter event and was cast as a favorite to win the gold medal in the event at the in. Warm temperatures and rain created poor ice conditions on the outdoor oval and, though he stayed upright, turned in an uncompetitive time, placing fourth. He had no excuses and he offered none. He won seven World Cups, one Olympic gold medal and two World Sprint Championships.
Jansen seemed more concerned with his family and fans than himself. Some say it was Jansen's nerves that produced his poor performances. Coming to the 1994 Winter Olympics, Jansen was again a favorite, at least in the 500, but in that race he started on the outer, and on the final turn, his speed was so great that he slightly lost control and put his hand down to steady himself, losing a few tenths of a second, and placing only eighth in the race. Some of her more notable recent games include Deadtime Stories 2009 and Dying for Daylight 2010. His family is Roman Catholic. He put on his first pair of skates at age four and soon was excelling at competitive speed skating.
The 6-foot, 190 pound Jansen entered as the reigning World Cup champion and world record holder at 500 meters. Jensen followed up Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers with two sequels: in 1995 and in 1999. But then in 1994, competing in his last Olympics, the skating gods finally smiled on Jansen and watched as he won the 1,000-meter race at Lillehammer, Norway. The Jansens of West Allis, were a clean-cut, athletic, religious and close-knit family who defied the limits of economics on two meager salaries. After a decade of ups and downs at the top of his sport, Jansen retired. But on the very day he was to compete in the 500, his sister, Jane Beres, died from leukemia.
Jansen was off his world record pace but skating well when, on the final turn, his left skate slipped and he was forced to touch the ice with his hand. He slipped on a lane marker, losing the championship by one point, and cried all the way home. With 200 meters to go, Jansen was on world record pace, but slipped and finished eighth. First, he committed a rare false start. But he still has his gold medal in the basement, and he still owns the skates that he won that gold medal with 20 years ago in his final individual Olympic race.