Olympic Speed Skater Eric Heiden To Speak At Breakfast of Champions

By: KKTV
By: KKTV

The Peak Vista Community Health Centers Foundation announced the keynote for its sixth annual Breakfast of Champions Wednesday.

Five-time gold medal Olympic speed skater, Eric Heiden will speak at the November 16th event to again be held at the Broadmoor's International Center.

The Breakfast of Champions recognizes volunteer physicians and dentist champions, honors a Champion of Community Health, raises awareness of Peak Vista services and generates funds for Peak Vista's work.

"Each year, Peak Vista has an Olympian keynote our signature event, Breakfast of Champions. We are thrilled to have Dr. Eric Heiden speak at our 2010 event. He is not only a champion speedskater but also an orthopedic surgeon and champion in life. His story is one that this community will want to hear," according to BJ Scott, Peak Vista President/CEO and Executive Director of its Foundation.

Peak Vista says the following about Eric Heiden's career:
"Earning more medals in a single Olympics than any previous Olympic athlete and setting 15 world records in his speed skating career, Dr. Heiden is a true American sports icon. At the 1980 Lake Placid Winter Games, he won gold in all five speed skating events, including sprint and distance, while setting four Olympic records and one world record.

After retiring from speed skating, Dr. Heiden began his second career...this time in cycling. He quickly rose to the top, winning a US Cycling Championship and competing with the 7-11 team in the 1986 Tour de France just a few years later. By 1991, Dr. Heiden had earned his medical degree from Stanford University and was ready to begin his third career...what he considers his life work...as an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine.

In 2006 Dr. Heiden, and his wife Dr. Karen Heiden, relocated to Park City to join The Orthopedic Specialty Hospital. As an orthopedic surgeon, he finds that his experiences in skating and cycling help him form a unique connection with his patients...many of who are injured athletes.

Dr. Eric Heiden has many accomplishments:

Orthopedic Surgeon
Knee and Sports Medicine Expert
Five gold medals in Speed Skating in the 1980 Olympics
Co-Founder of the University of California Davis Sports
Performance Program
Medical Staff of the Sacramento Kings
Team Physician, US Olympic Speed Skating Team,
Salt Lake Winter Olympics
Author, "Faster, Better, Stronger""

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