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'It's like she was born on ice'

Updated: January 8, 2002, 8:35 PM ET
By Jeff Merron and Eric Neel | Special to ESPN.com

In Bonnie Blair's mind, the most important race of her Olympic career came in Calgary in 1988. She set a world record and beat East German favorite Christa Rothenburger in the 500 meters that year, and from that moment on, Blair knew she could race with anyone in the world.

In the eyes of history, Blair's most significant race was six years later, in Lillehammer, Norway. There, she lined up for the 1,000-meter race as a four-time gold medalist who, with one more victory, would become the ...

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