Top 13 U.S. Winter Olympians
These athletes took home gold, but also stole our hearts. Choose your favorite winter Olympian in our poll
- By Megan Gambino
- Smithsonian.com, January 19, 2010
Bonnie Blair (Simon Bruty / ALLSPORT)
When Bonnie was born, her father was at a rink in Cornwall, New York, watching one of his five other children competing. It had to be announced over the loudspeaker that “another skater” had joined the Blair brood. She was on skates at age two, and by 23, she had worked her way up to the Olympic level. At 5 feet 4 inches and 130 pounds, Blair was a powerhouse. She raked in six medals, the most ever won by a winter Olympian, in the 1988, 1992 and 1994 Games. Five of the six, mind you, are gold.