Brush up on some speed skating knowledge with a trip through the history of the sport and the facts you never knew.
The U.S. only won one gold medal in 1964, and it came in speed skating. 23-year-old barber Terry Mcdermott defeated defending champion Grishin of the Soviet Union in the 500m. Mcdermott appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, the night the Beatles made their U.S. television debut.
At the 1968 Games, three U.S. women tied for silver in the 500m with times of 46.3, a pretty strange occurrence.
The U.S. medal haul begins
The United States has had its most success in speed skating of any Winter Olympic sports, accumulating 67 total medals, the third most in history. At the 1976 Games, Sheila Young, pictured above, won three medals and helped carry the U.S. momentum
Eric Heiden puts on a show
Eric Heiden had the greatest performance in Winter Olympic history at the 1980 Games, pictured above. He won a record five individual gold medals, sweeping the events and setting five Olympic records at the time, one of them a world record.
Dan Jansen gets elusive gold
Dan Jansen, the legendary U.S. speed skater, thrusts his hands in the air after winning gold in the 1000m at the 1994 Games and setting a world record in the process. Jansen had achieved loads of success, just not in the Olympics, and 1994 was his first and only medal.