3RD HOME is excited to announce a new partnership with Olympic Speed Skating Gold medalist, Dan Jansen. Dan had always loved skating; being a strong passion of his he pursued his love for the sport earning a place in the 1984 Olympics in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia when he was only 18. Finishing fourth in the 500 meters Dan continued to push for the Gold and was time after time the favored speed skater in the winter Olympic games. In 1988 Dan was preparing for his second Olympic games when his sister, Jane passed away from Leukemia the day of Dan’s race. That evening Dan readied himself as best he could in hopes of winning the race for his sister. 100 meters into the race, Dan fell. He fell again, four days later, in the 1000 meter race while on a world record pace. Dan’s third Winter Olympic occurred in 1992 in Albertville, France. He finished a disappointing fourth in the 500 meters and 26th in the 1000 meter.
Again, the chance to win an Olympic medal eluded him. Dan’s last shot at an elusive Olympic Medal came at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway Again the favorite in the 500, Dan was on another world record pace when the unfathomable happened again. A slip in the final turn cost him a medal. Four days later Dan skated his last Olympic race, the 1000. Skating in the fourth pair, Dan put to rest the Olympic Jinx. He raced to a world record and the gold medal. “I knew I skated a solid race,” said Dan. “But it wasn’t until a second or two after I finished, when the crowd cheered and I looked at the clock – WORLD RECORD 1:12.43 – that I realized I had finally skated to my potential. I was pretty sure it was good enough to receive a medal and good chance for a gold.” As the national anthem played and the American flag rose in front of him, Dan Jansen stood proudly with his gold medal around his neck. He looked skyward to the heavens and saluted,” This is for you, Jane. I love you.”
Today his lovely wife Karen, a top golf instructing professional and his two daughters Jane and Olivia bless Dan. In memory of his loving sister Jane, Dan started Dan Jansen Foundation. Dan Jansen Foundation was established in 1994 and it contributes to youth sports, educational programs, and victims and families afflicted with leukemia and its related cancers. “Overall I have been very blessed, because of who I am, what I’ve done and how I did it. I am in a position to do positive things in this world. If my visibility and character can be used to create more awareness and raise funds for worthy causes, I am happy to do what I can”, says Dan. In 1995 Dan was the recipient of the James E. Sullivan award, presented annually to the outstanding amateur athlete in the United States. In addition to his athletic achievements and established foundation Dan is an accomplished motivational speaker having delivered over 500 inspirational presentations.
Dan’s career highlights include being the 1994 Olympic Gold medalist in 1000 m. (Speed skating) as well as a four-time Olympic team member (1984,1988,1992,1994). Since the beginning of his Olympic career Dan has become an eight time World record holder in the 500m and 1000m and has had 46 World Cup victories and more than 75 World Cup medals. Dan has been the winner of 20 World Championship medals and is a seven time Overall World Cup Champion. His track record doesn’t stop there, he is also a two time World Sprint Champion and in 2004 he was inducted into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame.
Since then he has been the Skating Coach for the NHL Chicago Blackhawks from 2005-2007 and a Speed skating commentator at the last four Olympic Winter Games (CBS -1998, NBC – 2002, 2006, 2010).
Dan and his wife Karen will be working with 3RD HOME to promote the 3RD HOME brand and speak about the company at different events. We are excited to have him on board and are looking forward to building a strong and fun relationship with Dan Jansen. To learn more about the Dan Jansen Foundation please visit the webpage, http://www.djfoundation.org/