Dan Jansen: Third Time's the Charm

In this special edition of Inspiring Olympic Heroes, Inspire.FM has tweaked the schedule of this series to commemorate Malaysian badminton player, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei; to spur him on to fight for a spot for the next Olympiad in 2016. We would like to share the story of Dan Jansen, the man whose determination through 3 separate Olympic games finally earned him the gold after 12 years!

Dan Jansen from the USA was a world champion speed-skater in the Winter Olympic games, coming into the 1988 Calgary games as the hottest star on ice, he was ready for anything until; on the very day he was to compete in the 500m event, his sister, Jane Beres, died from leukemia. While her death was not unexpected, it was obviously a crushing blow to the psyche of buy cheap cialis online 23-year-old Jansen. He would try again twice more in 2 separate Winter Games (Albertville & Lillehammer). Entering his last Olympics in Norway, Jansen would wonder if he had the right stuff to finally get that Gold Medal.

He entered the 1994 Games in Norway as the World Cup champion and new record-holder in the 500 meters figuring it would be his last chance for Olympic gold, but his critics still bemoaned his Olympic failures.

Three hundred meters into the 500-meter event, it happened again. Jansen lost his balance coming around a turn and dragged his hand on the ice. In a sport where hundredths of seconds mean so much, the mistake was enough to push him back to eighth. He would have just one more shot. The 1,000 meters was his final race, and it was a distance that—by his own admission—wasn”t his forte.

But Jansen went out like gangbusters and by the 800-meter mark was on a world-record pace. When he staggered yet again, the whole world gasped. But this time, he was able to right himself. Jansen crossed the finish line in 1:12.43, well for not only his first gold medal, but also an unexpected world record. He took a victory lap in front of 10,000 screaming Norwegians and scores of clapping Olympians. And in his arms he carried his baby daughter, Jane, named for his older sister.

Here at inspire.fm, we want Dato’ Lee Chong Wei and all Malaysians to know that we must fight for what we want and no matter how long it takes, we will make it there!

We are proud of your, Dato’ Lee Chong Wei!