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Dianne Holum

Full name: Dianne Mary Holum
Gender: Female
Height: 5'6" (167 cm)
Weight: 123 lbs (56 kg)
Born: May 19, 1951 in Chicago, Illinois, United States
Affiliations: Northbrook Speedskating Club, Northbrook (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Mother of Kirstin Holum.

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver, 1 Bronze (4 Total)

Biography

In 1966, Dianne Holum became the youngest person to ever compete in the World Championships. It was the start of a distinguished speed skating career which saw her win more medals than any U.S. woman in Winter Games history. The 1967 Worlds were the first top international finish for Holum, as she finished third overall. She went on to win two medals at the 1968 Games, and in the interval between Olympics, became less of a sprinter and more of a distance skater. In 1970 and 1971 she was fourth in the Worlds overall, winning the 1,000 meters in 1971. She also had two top 10 finishes at the World Sprints. In 1972 she finally got a gold medal and added a fourth medal with a second place in the Olympic 3,000 meters. After retiring as a competitor, Dianne Holum became a well-known coach. At the 1976 Olympics, she became the first woman to coach the women speed skaters. She numbered among her many pupils two kids from Madison, Wisconsin, named Eric and Beth Heiden.

Personal Bests: 500 – 43.59 (1972); 1000 – 1:28.7 (1972); 1500 – 2:18.51 (1972); 3000 – 4:57.9 (1972).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1968 Winter 16 Grenoble Speed Skating Women's 500 metres United States USA 2T Silver
1968 Winter 16 Grenoble Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 3 Bronze
1968 Winter 16 Grenoble Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 13
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres United States USA 6
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres United States USA 1 Gold OR
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres United States USA 2 Silver

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1968 Winter 16 Grenoble Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2T 46.3

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1968 Winter 16 Grenoble Speed Skating United States Final Standings 3 1:33.4 20 55
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 6 1:32.41 20.24 55.28

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1968 Winter 16 Grenoble Speed Skating United States Final Standings 13 2:28.5 29 1:07 1:46
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 1 OR 2:20.85 28.99 1:04.67 1:41.96

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1972 Winter 20 Sapporo Speed Skating United States Final Standings 2 4:58.67 21.88 1:00.37 1:39.00 2:18.22 2:58.42 3:38.46 4:18.51