Eric Heiden returns to Lake Placid for 1st time since 1980
Feb. 25, 2018
LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Eric Heiden returned to Lake Placid on Saturday for the first time since he won five speedskating gold medals at the 1980 Winter Olympics.
He was greeted almost like a rock star by the approximately 3,000 people at the village's Winterfest celebration, people rushing up to take selfies with an Olympic hero like no other at the speedskating oval where he won the five races, all in Olympic record time.
Heiden retired from speedskating at 21, one month after winning gold in the 500 meters, the 1,000, the 1,500, the 5,000 and the 10,000 at Lake Placid. He remains the only five-time gold medalist in individual events at a single Olympics. Mark Spitz won seven swimming golds at the 1972 Munich Games, but three came in relays.