Friday, August 3, 2012

Favorite Olympic Moments - Dan Jansen

Moments before the start of the 500 meter race in Calgary in 1988, Dan Jansen was told that his beloved sister Jane had succumbed to leukemia. He wanted to win for Jane, but his grief was too overwhelming and he fell in both the 500 and 1000 meter races. In 1992 in Albertville, he was the favorite again but stumbled in both races and won nothing. Lillehammer was his last chance to medal. He stumbled again in the 500 but in the 1000, he not only won gold, but also set a world record. As he took his victory lap, he held his baby daughter in his arms. She was named Jane.

The best video I can find is this commercial!





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