On This Date 2/23/1980

American Speed Skater Eric Heiden sets a World Record in winning the 10,000-meter event in a time of 14:28.13. It is the fifth Gold Medal for Heiden at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, as he becomes the first to sweep all five Speed Skating events. An accomplishment that has yet to be equaled as few others have ever competed in both the sprints and long-distance events in Speed Skating.

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