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Olympics – 1988 Calgary – Speed Skating Mens 500m – USA Dan Jansen


As if the tragedy of a close family member death isn’t difficult enough…..try competing for the gold medal in the Olympics in the 1988 Calgary Games immediately after receiving the news of a loved one passing…..cuz that is what USA Dan Jansen had to do on the day of the finals in the men’s 500m skate. This video provides the entire story as it unfolded…..and is again evidence of the eloquence and elegance of sportscaster Jim McKay.

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