Memorable moments - Eric Heiden's legacy

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Speed skater Eric Heiden’s life off the ice is even more impressive than his historic performance at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid. Presented by Carnival Cruise Lines.

Orthopedic surgeon Eric Heiden, is a five-time gold medalist in the Olympics. (Michael A. Jones/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
Orthopedic surgeon Eric Heiden, is a five-time gold medalist in the Olympics. (Michael A. Jones/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
Orthopedic surgeon Eric Heiden, is a five-time gold medalist in the Olympics. (Michael A. Jones/Sacramento Bee/MCT)
General Motors and film-maker Bud Greenspan honored Eric Heiden, five time gold medalist in speed skating from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, at the Chevy Hot Zone in Park City, Utah. GM and Greenspan honored Heiden as one of the 10 best Winter Olympians during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. At at ceremony in Heiden's honor, Greenspan presented an 8-minute film of his achievements. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa /Getty Images
General Motors and film-maker Bud Greenspan honored Eric Heiden, five time gold medalist in speed skating from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, at the Chevy Hot Zone in Park City, Utah. GM and Greenspan honored Heiden as one of the 10 best Winter Olympians during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. At at ceremony in Heiden's honor, Greenspan presented an 8-minute film of his achievements. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa /Getty Images
General Motors and film-maker Bud Greenspan honored Eric Heiden, five time gold medalist in speed skating from the 1980 Winter Olympic Games, at the Chevy Hot Zone in Park City, Utah. GM and Greenspan honored Heiden as one of the 10 best Winter Olympians during the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. At at ceremony in Heiden's honor, Greenspan presented an 8-minute film of his achievements. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Elsa /Getty Images
75 Mile Bicycle Race Olympic champ Eric Heiden gets familiar with city-heavy traffic. Swerving to miss pedestrian, he fell.(Photo By: Michael Lipack/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
75 Mile Bicycle Race Olympic champ Eric Heiden gets familiar with city-heavy traffic. Swerving to miss pedestrian, he fell.(Photo By: Michael Lipack/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
75 Mile Bicycle Race Olympic champ Eric Heiden gets familiar with city-heavy traffic. Swerving to miss pedestrian, he fell.(Photo By: Michael Lipack/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Eric Heiden Grand Prix Bicycle Race in Central Park. Helden comes full cycle-a good skate in driver's seat (Photo By: Dan Farrell/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Eric Heiden Grand Prix Bicycle Race in Central Park. Helden comes full cycle-a good skate in driver's seat (Photo By: Dan Farrell/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
Eric Heiden Grand Prix Bicycle Race in Central Park. Helden comes full cycle-a good skate in driver's seat (Photo By: Dan Farrell/NY Daily News via Getty Images)
US speed skater Eric Arthur Heiden competing in the speed skating events at the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, USA, at which he won five gold medals. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
US speed skater Eric Arthur Heiden competing in the speed skating events at the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, USA, at which he won five gold medals. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
US speed skater Eric Arthur Heiden competing in the speed skating events at the Winter Olympics at Lake Placid, USA, at which he won five gold medals. (Photo by Central Press/Getty Images)
American President Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, making an address during a function at the White House on February 25, 1980, Washington DC, to welcome Olympic medal winners home. He is surrounded by members of the gold medal winning ice hockey team and speed skater Eric Heiden is on the left. (Photo by Keystone/CNP/Getty Images)
American President Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, making an address during a function at the White House on February 25, 1980, Washington DC, to welcome Olympic medal winners home. He is surrounded by members of the gold medal winning ice hockey team and speed skater Eric Heiden is on the left. (Photo by Keystone/CNP/Getty Images)
American President Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the United States, making an address during a function at the White House on February 25, 1980, Washington DC, to welcome Olympic medal winners home. He is surrounded by members of the gold medal winning ice hockey team and speed skater Eric Heiden is on the left. (Photo by Keystone/CNP/Getty Images)
Eric Heiden of the USA skates during the 10,000M race at Sheffield Oval on February 23, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
Eric Heiden of the USA skates during the 10,000M race at Sheffield Oval on February 23, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
Eric Heiden of the USA skates during the 10,000M race at Sheffield Oval on February 23, 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by Robert Riger/Getty Images)
Eric Heiden celebrates as he wins his fifth gold medal of the 1980 Winter Olympics in February 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by John Kelly/Getty Images)
Eric Heiden celebrates as he wins his fifth gold medal of the 1980 Winter Olympics in February 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by John Kelly/Getty Images)
Eric Heiden celebrates as he wins his fifth gold medal of the 1980 Winter Olympics in February 1980 in Lake Placid, New York. (Photo by John Kelly/Getty Images)
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SPEED SKATER ERIC HEIDEN PREPARES FOR THE START OF A RACE AT THE 1980 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN LAKE PLACID, NY. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT Date created:
SPEED SKATER ERIC HEIDEN PREPARES FOR THE START OF A RACE AT THE 1980 WINTER OLYMPIC GAMES IN LAKE PLACID, NY. Mandatory Credit: Tony Duffy/ALLSPORT
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Eric Heiden, right, and Beth Heiden, left, of the USA.
Eric Heiden, right, and Beth Heiden, left, of the USA.
Eric Heiden, right, and Beth Heiden, left, of the USA.
Feb 1979: Eric Heiden of the USA.
Feb 1979: Eric Heiden of the USA.
Feb 1979: Eric Heiden of the USA.

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