Eric Heiden is a former American long track speed skater and road cyclist who won all of the men’s speed skating races. He is an unprecedented five individual gold medals, and set four Olympic records and one world record at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, United States.
An icon in the speed skating community, Heiden’s iconic wins are significant because they were both in sprint and long-distance. He is the only athlete in Olympic speed skating history to win all five events. He is considered to be the best speed skater in Olympic history.
Heiden’s achievements and awards include:
- World Junior Speed Skating Championship sin 1977 and 1978
- ThreeWorld All-round Championships
- FourWorld Sprint Championships
- Four time winner of the he won theOscar Mathisen Award
- Recipient of the James E. Sullivan Award in 1980
- 1983 United States Olympic Hall of Fame inductee
- Elected into Wisconsin Athletic Hall of Fame 1n 1990
Heiden’s stopped competing in 1980 and continues to be involved in sports through his work as an Orthopedic surgeon. He was one of the first crossover athletes to begin as a U.S. cycling champ, a professional Scandinavian hockey player and finally compete as an iconic Olympic speed skater. He was the Sacramento Kings’ team doctor for 10 years and since the early 90s, has been a successful orthopedic surgeon.
Please join us in welcoming Eric Heiden as a Star on the Flag for Hope project promoting Unity, Honor, Respect and Patriotism.
What is Flag for Hope?
The Flag for Hope Project was started to help promote Unity and Peace among all Americans.
The Flag symbolically represents thousands of Americans holding hands without conflict or hatred. We are all one country and one people. The Flag for Hope is NOT political. It is about patriotism and coming together as a country. NOW IS THE TIME!!!
The Flag Project is also about honor and respect for the men and women that have proudly worn a United States military uniform and fought for our freedoms. Flag for Hope is a reminder that Freedom Isn’t Free. Many have sacrificed for the privileges that we all have today. This Flag signifies appreciation and gratitude for those individuals who serve in our communities like teachers, police, fire, doctors and nurses. It calls us to remember all Americans who have made the ultimate sacrifice at the hands of both foreign and domestic enemy attacks. If an American is harmed ANYWHERE, we all suffer and mourn.
The team is led by U.S. Army veteran Marcos Antonio. This epic mission was started at the Indianapolis 500 on May 23, 2015. Our goal is to collect approximately 3,000 – 4,000 American hand and finger impressions on a giant canvas to create the United States of America National Flag. We will accomplish this by going to over a150 cities and roughly 300 – 400 locations. Each participant will place their impression on the flag in red, white, or blue paint. There will be 50 American Olympians that put their impression on the flag representing the 50 states and showing the solidarity of the entire nation.
Lastly, the 50 stars on the flag will be iconic Americans that have greatly contributed to the strength and well being of our country. These individuals have inspired, empowered, and encouraged their fellow citizens through their actions as pioneers, role models, and leaders in our society. They come from all backgrounds and embody the essence of the American spirit.
This historic project has never been attempted before and we will finish when every last American can fill the limited space on our 9×5 canvas panel. Finally, the Flag for Hope will be donated to a national museum like the Smithsonian for all Americans to view for generations to come.
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