Full name: Elizabeth Lee "Beth" Heiden (-Reid)
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
Weight: 106 lbs (48 kg)
Born: September 27, 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Affiliations: Madison Speed Skating Club, Madison (USA)
Country: United States
Sport: Speed Skating
Related Olympians: Sister of Eric Heiden.
Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)
Beth Heiden was one of the world's most outstanding women athletes. In high school she played tennis and soccer, but also ran track, setting a national age-group record for the mile. She went on to an outstanding career as a speed skater, becoming in 1979 the first American to win the Women's World Championships by winning all four events. She finished second in that event in 1980, was second in the 1978 and 1979 World Sprints, and was expected to join her brother, Eric Heiden, in picking up a slew of medals at Lake Placid. But an ankle injury hounded her, and the press's expectations bothered her, and she was not the dominant force that Eric was. She came away with a bronze medal in her best event, the 3,000. Heiden did not skate competitively after the 1980 season, but she has kept in shape. Later in 1980, she became the first American to win the cycling road race at the Women's World Championships, and for awhile it seemed cycling had become her primary sport. Beth Heiden had attended the University of Wisconsin as a physics major. But in 1981 she transferred to the University of Vermont where she tried a completely new sport – cross-country skiing. After only one year after taking up the sport, in 1983, she won the NCAA Women's championship in cross-country skiing.
Personal Bests: 500 – 41.78 (1980); 1000 – 1:23.66 (1980); 1500 – 2:07.87 (1980); 3000 – 4:32.60 (1980); 5000 – 8:06.93 (1979).
|1976 Winter||16||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||Women's 3,000 metres||United States||USA||11|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||Women's 500 metres||United States||USA||7|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||Women's 1,000 metres||United States||USA||5|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||Women's 1,500 metres||United States||USA||7||OR|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||Women's 3,000 metres||United States||USA||3||Bronze|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||7||43.18||11.23|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||5||1:27.01||19.32||52.18|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||7||OR||2:13.10||27.48||1:00.88||1:35.72|
|1976 Winter||16||Innsbruck||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||11||4:51.67||21.29||57.80||1:36.06||2:15.42||2:54.63||3:33.59||4:12.36|
|1980 Winter||20||Lake Placid||Speed Skating||United States||Final Standings||3||4:33.77||20.31||54.17||1:28.94||2:04.59||2:40.75||3:17.37||3:54.76|