Skating for Gold:
Wisconsin's Olympic Speed Skaters, 1976-2006
Beth Heiden (b. 1959)
Bronze medal won by Beth Heiden at the 1980 Olympics.
Designed by Tiffany & Company of New York; cast by Medallic Art Company of Dayton, Nevada.
Source: Beth Heiden Reid.
Though often overshadowed in the public's mind by her brother Eric, Beth Heiden is an amazing athlete in her own right. In 1979 she won all four distances at the speed skating World Championships in Oslo.
Many expected her to repeat this success at the Olympics in 1980. Unfortunately an ankle injury kept her from performing her best, but she did win a bronze in the 3000 meters. With Eric's five golds, the Heiden family won half the medals awarded to Americans at that Olympics.
Like many speed skaters, Beth also competed in cycling; she won United States and World road race championships.
While in college she took up cross-country skiing and won the first NCAA women's championship in 1983. In the years since, Beth earned a master's degree in civil engineering, married, and had three children.