Olympic Gold Medalist Jansen Hired As Skating Coach
|Chicago Blackhawks General Manager Dale Tallon announced today that the team has named Olympic speed skating champion Dan Jansen as their new skating coach.
"We are excited to have Dan on board," Tallon said. "Not only is he a world class athlete, he's a world class person. He will bring a fresh, innovative approach to helping our players improve their skating skills."
Jansen reached the pinnacle of the skating world at the 1994 Olympic Games when he was awarded the gold medal in the 1000m speed skating competition. In addition, he has been a member of four United States Olympic teams (1984, 1988, 1992, and 1994) and was inducted into the United States Olympic Hall of Fame in 2004. Jansen is an eight time World record holder in the 500m and 1000m speed skating events, while compiling 46 World Cup victories and more than 75 World Cup medals. He has been a seven time Overall World Cup Champion and a two time World Sprint Champion. Jansen is also the winner of 20 World Championship medals.
In 1994, Jansen established the Dan Jansen Foundation which contributes to youth sports, educational programs, and victims and families afflicted with leukemia and its related cancers. Jansen was the 1995 recipient of the James E. Sullivan award that is presented annually to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. He is an accomplished motivational speaker having delivered over 500 inspirational presentations. Furthermore, Jansen is an experienced television broadcaster whose credits include: NBC 2002 Winter Olympics, CBS 1998 Winter Olympics, and Summer and Winter Goodwill Games.
Jansen is married to his wife, Karen, who is a top golf teaching professional. They have two daughters.
Jansen will take part in the upcoming Blackhawks Prospect Camp to be held at the Edge Ice Arena in Bensenville, IL beginning on Aug. 29.