Eric Heiden： Five Individual Gold Medals
Prior to 1980， no athlete had ever won five individual gold medals in a single Olympic Games——Summer or Winter. （Mark Spitz's record-setting seven gold medals in 1972 included three team events.） Then Eric Heiden took to the ice at Lake Placid， N.Y.， and dominated his sport in a way no one had ever seen before. Heiden won gold in every speed-skating event， from the 500-meter sprint to the 10，000-meter race. And he set an Olympic record at every distance.