Beth Heiden

Speed Skater and Racing Cyclist

Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden Reid is an American athlete who excelled in speed skating, cross-country skiing and bicycle racing. She was born in Madison, Wisconsin. Her brother Eric was a five-time gold-medalist speedskater at the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Olympics. She is the mother of Joanne Reid.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Beth Heiden.


1959 Birth Born in 1959.


1975 16 Years Old In her first year in high school Heiden was a tennis and soccer player. That same year, 1975, she ran a national record in the mile for her age and ran in states for both the 800 and the mile.
1976 17 Years Old She attended her first Olympics in 1976, at the age of 17.


1979 20 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1979, she won the World Allround Speed Skating Championships, the second female American to do so. … Read More
1980 21 Years Old Heiden won a bronze medal in the 3,000 m at the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, skating on an ankle injury that had bothered her for some time. … Read More
1983 24 Years Old 1 More Event
After the Olympics, while a student at the University of Vermont (UVM), she was the NCAA national championship in cross-country skiing in 1983 and an All-American in the same sport, as a walk on in her first year of the sport. … Read More


1989 30 Years Old Heiden was inducted in the National Speedskating Hall of Fame in 1989. … Read More


2006 47 Years Old …  She placed in the top five at the NCAA Western Regionals in 2006 as a guest skier, and achieved a top twenty and two top fifteens in the US Supertour in West Yellowstone in 2009.


2010 51 Years Old She now lives in California, where she continues cross country skiing with her family. In the 2010 US Nationals, Heiden placed in the top ten in two races at the age of 50.
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