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Bonnie Blair shatters own world record
By Larry Schwartz
Special to

Feb. 12, 1995

Five-time Olympic gold medalist Bonnie Blair smashes her own world record in the 500 meters in a World Cup speedskating race in Calgary. She finishes in 38.69 seconds, beating her old mark of 38.99.

"I knew the race was off to a good start," Blair says. "I don't remember missing any strokes. I had good contact with the ice. The ice felt good and it seemed like it gave it back to me as well."

Blair goes head-to-head with Susan Auch, who also breaks Blair's old record as she finishes in 38.94 seconds. "Being paired with Susan was a big help for me," Blair says. "I knew I was close to Susan at the 100 (meters). That gave me somebody to chase."

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