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Hungry Heiden sets world record

Updated: January 14, 2002, 10:44 AM ET
By Larry Schwartz | Special to ESPN.com

February 23, 1980

Celebrating with the U.S. hockey team last night after its stunning victory over the Soviet Union, speed skater Eric Heiden oversleeps before his 10,000-meter race.

"I was supposed to get up at 6:30," he says. "At 20 to 8 they were pounding on my door, wanting to know where I was. So I ran by the cafeteria, grabbed three slices of bread and hurried to the track."

And on his near-empty stomach, Heiden becomes the first person to win five individual gold medals ...

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