Jansen skated 1988 Olympics for sister Jane

Updated: January 24, 2002, 1:02 PM ET
By Lisette Hilton | Special to ESPN.com

Signature Race

Feb. 14, 1988 - It was the worst day in Dan Jansen's life. In the morning, he spoke to his older sister Jane, who was dying of leukemia back home in West Allis, Wis. A few hours later, the speed skater learned of her death. He spent the afternoon in a quiet room at the Olympic athlete's village in Calgary speaking on the phone to family members.

He decided to compete in the 500 meters, saying "that's what Jane would've wanted." He wanted to win for Jane. But ...

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