Eric Heiden Best Quotes

Eric Arthur Heiden (born June 14, 1958, in Madison, Wisconsin) is an American former long track speed skater and road cyclist who won all of the men’s speed skating races, and thus an unprecedented five individual gold medals, and set four Olympic records and one world record at the 1980 Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, New York, United States. He was the most successful athlete at the same Games, and is indeed, the most successful Winter Olympian from a single edition of Winter Olympics. He also delivered the Athlete’s Oath at those same games. Enjoy Eric Heiden’s best quotes below.

Eric Heiden
“I’m not a big fan of those who are egotistical and so outspoken.”
“I have a very close friendship with the skaters.”
“I mean you got to thank your parents for giving you the right genes.”
“Heck, gold medals, what can you do with them?”
“Cyclists, I work with a number of cyclists. They are great athletes; they are great aerobic athletes. If you ask them to hit a baseball or golf ball, they can’t do that.”
“In general, I enjoy athletes who have a strong character who let their abilities speak for themselves.”
“It’s not a sport you get famous at. If I wanted to be famous, I would have stuck with hockey.”
“Sports and politics don’t mix.”
“I really liked it best when I was a nobody.”
“You got to get lucky because it lasts for a week and a lot of things can happen in a week.”
“I didn’t get into skating to be famous.”
“Immediately after the Olympics, I was pretty fatigued.”
“They’re just big in the eyes of the American public.”
“We used to lift weights a couple of times a week, we did a lot of running. I enjoyed the variety.”
“When I was skating you had to participate in every thing.”
“Then going out on the ice usually about 15 minutes before and certain things I would do for the different races, aspects that you run through your mind.”
“We never did a lot of weights, but a lot of repetitions. The most I would use doing squats was 300 pounds.”
“I’d rather get a nice warmup suit. That’s something I can use. Gold medals just sit there. When I get old, maybe I could sell them if I need the money.”
“One thing is having skated five of the best races I’ve probably could have skated. It was nice to peak at the right time and to do it in an important time in somebody’s career.”
“We had a party with the rest of the skaters in our trailer and then the next day we were off to see Jimmy Carter. And then we had the World Championships the next weekend, so not a lot of chance to catch up.”
“I would recommend anybody who gets a chance to see short track skating, make it a point to go out there when Apolo is skating because you won’t see anybody better.”
“You don’t really want to load up a whole lot, probably anything more than four hours before the race. I needed something to make me feel full, but I certainly didn’t want it to make me feel stuffed.”

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