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Eric Flaim

Full name: Eric Joseph Flaim
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8 (173 cm)
Weight: 161 lbs (73 kg)
Born: March 9, 1967 in Pembroke, Massachusetts, United States
Affiliations: Skating Club of Boston, Boston (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating, Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Silver (2 Total)

Biography

Starting out as a short track skater, Flaim switched to long track for his international career. In his second senior season, he surprised at the World Sprint Championships by winning the second 1000 m and taking the overall bronze. At the Olympics, starting the week later, Flaim broke the World Record in the 1500 m, only to see André Hoffmann go even faster two pairs later. He closed out the season by unexpectedly winning the World Allround Championships, although the event at the highland rink of Medeo was influenced by weather changes. In the next years, Flaim had a hard time reaching his 1988 level, especially when he suffered a knee injury in 1990. After the Albertville Olympics, he switched back to short-track speed skating, which had now also gained Olympic medal status. Just two years later, he won his second Olympic silver medal, this time as part of the American short track relay team.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 36.98 (1988); 1000 – 1:13.53 (1988); 1500 – 1:52.12 (1988); 5000 – 6:47.09 (1988); 10000 – 14:05.57 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 4
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 2 Silver WR
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 4
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres United States USA 4
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 16T
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres United States USA 24T
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres United States USA 6
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres United States USA 25
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres United States USA 10
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 2 Silver
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay United States USA 6

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 25 1 44.71
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Six 4 1 44.71

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 1:13.53 17.02 44.39
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Speed Skating United States Final Standings 16T 1:16.47 17.39 45.51

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States Final Standings 10 5 1:29.70
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States Quarter-Finals Heat Two 3 2 1:29.70
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States Round One Heat Four 2 Q 3 1:33.71

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2 WR 1:52.12 24.59 53.15 1:22.13
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Speed Skating United States Final Standings 24T 1:59.60 25.10 54.70 1:25.95

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 6:47.09 19.04 51.11 1:23.14 1:55.43 2:27.87 3:00.09 3:32.05 4:03.97 4:36.04 5:08.28 5:40.90 6:13.85
1992 Winter 24 Albertville Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6 7:11.15 20.05 53.28 1:26.88 2:00.46 2:34.09 3:07.52 3:41.54 4:15.77 4:50.40 5:25.29 6:00.48 6:35.74

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 2
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Round A Final 2
1994 Winter 26 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat One 2
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Standings 6
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Final Round B Final 2
1998 Winter 30 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating United States USA Semi-Finals Heat Two 4

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1988 Winter 20 Calgary Speed Skating United States Final Standings 4 14:05.57 36.78 1:10.80 1:44.67 2:18.53 2:52.18 3:25.46 3:58.60 4:31.68 5:04.52 5:37.15 6:09.75 6:42.72 7:15.78 7:48.73 8:22.03 8:55.50 9:29.22 10:03.15 10:37.35 11:11.80 11:46.33 12:21.25 12:56.24 13:31.28
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