Top 13 U.S. Winter Olympians

These athletes took home gold, but also stole our hearts. Choose your favorite winter Olympian in our poll

Shaun White, Snowboarding (Joe Klamar / AFP / Getty Images)

Eric Heiden, Speed Skating

Eric Heiden, Speed Skating
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Speed skater Eric Heiden took the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games by storm, placing first in all five speed skating events. He set new Olympic records in each distance, snatched a world record in the 10,000 meters and became the first (and still the only) American to win five gold medals in a single Winter Games. After retiring from speed skating, Heiden pursued cycling. He won the U.S. Professional Cycling Championship in 1985 and entered the Tour de France in 1986, though a fall prevented him from finishing. In February, Heiden, 51, now an orthopedic surgeon, will return to the Olympics. This time, as the U.S. Speedskating team’s doctor.


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