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Skater Bonnie Blair will speak Saturday

September 23, 1997

Five-time Olympic gold medal speed skater Bonnie Blair will be at the Hagerstown Ice & Sports Complex on Saturday to sign autographs and give a short speech on speed skating, rink officials said Tuesday.

There will be a $5 per person charge for the session, which will run from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., said Shirley Gladhill, who is helping organize Blair's appearance.

Blair is the winningest U.S. athlete in winter Olympic history and the only U.S. winter Olympian to win a gold medal in the same event - 500 meter speed skating - in three separate Olympic games.

A free speed-skating clinic will be held from 12:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. by Olympic speed skater Leslie Bader, Gladhill said.

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To register for the clinic, call the rink at 301-766-9122 or call Washington County Sports Foundation board member Sheila Gladhill at 301-739-3719.

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