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Eric Flaim

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 2
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameEric Joseph•Flaim
Used nameEric•Flaim
Born9 March 1967 in Pembroke, Massachusetts (USA)
Measurements173 cm / 73 kg
AffiliationsSkating Club of Boston, Boston (USA)
NOC(s) United States

Biography

Starting out as a short track skater, Flaim switched to long track for his international career. In his second senior season, he surprised at the World Sprint Championships by winning the second 1000 m and taking the overall bronze. At the Olympics, starting the week later, Flaim broke the World Record in the 1500 m, only to see André Hoffmann go even faster two pairs later. He closed out the season by unexpectedly winning the World Allround Championships, although the event at the highland rink of Medeo was influenced by weather changes. In the next years, Flaim had a hard time reaching his 1988 level, especially when he suffered a knee injury in 1990. After the Albertville Olympics, he switched back to short-track speed skating, which had now also gained Olympic medal status. Just two years later, he won his second Olympic silver medal, this time as part of the American short track relay team.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.98 (1988); 1000 – 1:13.53 (1988); 1500 – 1:52.12 (1988); 5000 – 6:47.09 (1988); 10000 – 14:05.57 (1988).

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1988 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic 4 Representing United States    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic 2 Silver
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 4
  10,000 metres, Men Olympic 4
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) 1,000 metres, Men Olympic =16 Representing United States    
  1,500 metres, Men Olympic =24
  5,000 metres, Men Olympic 6
1994 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 500 metres, Men Olympic 25 Representing United States    
  1,000 metres, Men Olympic 10
  5,000 metres Relay, Men Olympic United States 2 Silver
1998 Winter Olympics Short Track Speed Skating (Skating) 5,000 metres Relay, Men Olympic United States 6 Representing United States    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1988 Winter Olympics 20 February 1988 Speed Skating (Skating) 1,500 metres, Men Final Standings 1:52.12 WR 2

Other participations

Games Role Details
1998 Winter Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing United States    

Special Notes