Dan Jansen was an Olympic speed skater that was the favorite to win in the 1988 Winter Games in the 500 and 1000 meters, but was informed his sister Jane was dying of leukemia. In the 500 meter race he fell in the first turn. Four days later in the 1000 meter event he fell again.
Jansen left the 1988 Olympics with no medals. Dan came back and competed in the 1992 Olympics, but didnt win a medal.
1994 was his final attempt at achieving Olympic glory. He finished 8th in the 500. With one last chance, he rebounded to set a new world record in the 1000 meters and finally won a Gold Medal.
The Rebound Podcast: Dan Jansen Quest at Winning an Olympic Gold Medal was originally published on wbt.com