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Dr. Erik Heiden  

Earning more medals in a single Olympics than any previous Olympic athlete and setting 15 world records in his speed skating career, Dr. Heiden is a true American sports icon.

Earning more medals in a single Olympics than any previous Olympic athlete and setting 15 world records in his speed skating career, Dr. Heiden is a true American sports icon. At the 1980 Lake Placid Olympic Winter Games, he won the Gold in all five speed skating events, including sprint and distance, while setting four Olympic records and one world record.

After retiring from speed skating, Dr. Heiden began a second career in cycling. He quickly rose to the top, winning a United States Cycling Championship and competing with the 7-11 team in the 1986 Tour de France just a few years later. By 1991, Dr. Heiden had earned his medical degree from Stanford University and was ready to begin his third career-what he considers his life work-as an orthopaedic surgeon specializing in knee and sports medicine. Dr. Heiden completed an orthopaedic sports medicine fellowship with the American Sports Medicine Institute, under direction from world-renowned orthopaedic surgeon and AOSSM President, Dr. James Andrews.

Dr. Heiden has his own clinic, Heiden Davidson Orthopaedics in Salt Lake and Park City. He is the chairman of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the Park City Medical Center. Dr. Heiden is also the medical director for US Speed Skating and US Cycling. As an orthopaedic surgeon, he finds that his experiences skating and cycling help him form a unique connection with his patients-many of who are injured athletes. Dr. Heiden has authored a book "Faster, Better, Stronger".

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