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Bonnie Blair wins second gold in 500 meters
By Phillip Lee
Special to

February 10, 1992

Heading into the 1992 Winter Olympics at Albertville, France, the question posed to U.S. speed skater Bonnie Blair wasn't if she was going to capture the 500 meters, but by how much.

In 1988 at Calgary, Blair was one of two Americans to win gold medals. She captured the 500 meters in world record time -- 39.10. It was the first speed skating gold medal by an American woman since Sheila Young in 1976.

In 1992, Blair didn't skate her best, but it was enough. She skated the fastest time among 32 finishers in the 500-meter event, 40.33 seconds, to become the first American woman to win gold medals in an event in consecutive Winter Olympics and the first American to repeat as the winner of a Winter Games event since 1952, when Dick Button defended his men's singles title in figure skating.

China's Ye Qiaobo finished second and Germany's Christa Rothenburger Luding was third.

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