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Dorothy Hamill, figure skating
Hamill used a vibrant performance and an innovative move – a sitting spin that became known as the “Hamill Camel” – to win gold at the 1976 Innsbruck Games. Her buoyant personality stole hearts in the U.S., earning her the moniker of “America’s Sweetheart.”
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Scott Hamilton, figure skating
Hamilton finished fifth in men’s figure skating at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. He then reeled off four straight World Championships victories and was the heavy favorite heading into the 1984 Sarajevo Olympics. He lived up to that billing, winning gold.
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Chad Hedrick, speed skating
Hedrick is lesser-known than others on this list, but the speed skater’s medal count stands for itself: five medals, including one gold, between the 2006 and 2010 Games.
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Eric Heiden, speed skating
Heiden turned in the single-best Winter Olympic performance ever, winning five gold speed skating medals at the 1980 Lake Placid Games. He was content to let that accomplishment stand on its own, retiring from the sport less than a year later.
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Dianne Holum, speed skating
Not many people retire from athletic competition at age 20, but that’s what Holum did – after winning gold in the 1500m and silver in the 3000m at the 1972 Sapporo Olympics, her second Games, giving her four Olympic medals. She went into coaching after that. One of her first pupils? A 14-year-old named Eric Heiden.
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