Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen suffered through a series of heart-wrenching tragedies until his triumphant breakthrough in his final race in the 1994 Olympics.
Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines. — Yahoo Sports American speed skater Dan Jansen with his daughter Jane, 8 1/2 months old, takes a gold medal victory lap following the men's 1,000 meter event at Hamar Olympic Hall in Hamar, Norway, Friday, February 18, 1994. Jansen won the gold, setting a world record time of 1:12.43. (AP Photo/John Gaps III) USA Skater Dan Jansen sits on the ice with his hands in his head after he falls for the second time in the mens 1000 meter event in February 14, 1988 in Calgary, Canada. (Photo by Mike Powell/GettyImages)
Olympic speed skater Dan Jansen, grieved as he entered one of the funeral procession vehicles following his sister Jane Beres’s funeral in morning on Saturday in 1988 at West Allis, Wisconsin. (AP Photo/Patrick Murphy-Racev)
14 FEB 1994: DAN JANSEN OF THE UNITED STATES IS DEJECTED AFTER CRASHING OUT OF THE MEN's 500 METER SPEED SKATE AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Shaun Botterill/ALLSPORT American athlete Dan Jansen competes in a speed skating event at the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville,France. Jansen, who was a favorite to medal at the Calgary games, (Photo by CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images) 27 FEB 1994: DAN JANSEN , USA , CARRIES THE AMERICAN FLAG TONIGHT AT THE CLOSING CEREMONY OF THE 1994 WINTER OLYMPICS IN LILLEHAMMER. Mandatory Credit: Clive Brunskill/ALLSPORT Dan Jansen at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, California (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage) Golfer Karen Palacios-Jansen and former speed skater Dan Jansen arrive at the 11th annual Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational gala at the Aria Resort & Casino at CityCenter March 30, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images for MJCI) Dan Jansen attends the Assouline and Coca-Cola celebrate the launch of the Assouline Memoire Set - Coca-Cola: Film, Music & Sports at Siren Studios on December 5, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images for Assouline) US Olympic Speedskating Champions Bonnie Blair and Dan Jansen hold the Olympic Torch and wave to the crowd during the Opening Ceremony of the Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games on February 8, 2002 at the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images) 18 FEB 1994: DAN JANSEN OF THE UNITED STATES LISTENS INTENTLY TO THE NATIONAL ANTHEM AFTER WINNING THE GOLD MEDAL IN THE MEN's 1000 METER SPEED SKATE IN WORLD RECORD TIME AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS. Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole/ALLSPORT 18 FEB 1994: DAN JANSEN OF THE USA ON THE PODIUM AFTER WINNING THE OLYMPIC 1000M SPEED SKATING COMPETITION WITH A NEW WORLD RECORD TIME OF 1.12.43. Mandatory Credit: Chris Cole/ALLSPORT U.S. speed skater Dan Jansen gets to his feet after falling and being disqualified in the 500-meter competition at the Winter Olympics, Sunday, Feb. 14, 1988, Calgary, Canada. Earlier in the day, Jansen?s sister, Jane, died of leukemia. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan) 18 Feb 1994: DAN JANSEN OF THE USA CELEBRATES WITH HIS DAUGHTER JANE AFTER WINNING THE 1000M SPEEDSKATING GOLD MEDAL AT THE 1994 LILLEHAMMER WINTER OLYMPICS IN LILLEHAMMER, NORWAY.