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DAN IMMERFALL (b. 1955)

Madison, Wisconsin

Dan Immerfall

When he was six, Dan competed in a speed skating race sponsored by the Wisconsin State Journal in the hopes of getting his photograph in the newspaper. After an impressive win, the Madison Speed Skating Club recruited him and he has been part of the speed skating world since. Besides winning the bronze unexpectedly at the 1976 Olympics, Dan also came in second overall at the World Championships that year, placing first in both 500-meter events. After being a member of the United States speed skating team for the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Olympics, he went to the 1988 games as an assistant coach. Dan has served as technical coordinator for U.S. Speedskating, the sport's national governing board. More recently, he has been a referee through the International Skating Union and is refereeing the women's speed skating events at the 2006 Olympics. Dan still lives in Madison, where his two children are competitive swimmers.

Olympic Career

1976, Innsbruck, Austria
500 meters: BRONZE MEDAL
1000 meters: 12th

1980, Lake Placid, New York
500 meters: 5th

1984, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia
Alternate; did not compete.


Skates worn by Dan Immerfall
when he won the bronze medal
at the 1976 Olympics.
(Courtesy of Dan Immerfall)

Warm-up jacket worn by Dan Immerfall at the 1976 Olympics. (Courtesy of Dan Immerfall)

Athelete's pass used by Dan Immerfall at the 1984 Olympics. (Courtesy of Dan Immerfall)
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