Anne Henning

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Anne Henning
Anne Henning 1972 Ras al-Khaimah stamp.jpg
Anne Henning on a 1972 UAE stamp
Personal information
Born (1955-09-06) September 6, 1955 (age 61)
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Sport Speed skating
Club Northbrook Speedskating Club

Anne Elizabeth Henning (born September 6, 1955) is a retired speed skater from the United States.

Anne Henning grew up in Northbrook, Illinois and started in short track speed skating, but then, like many short track speed skaters before and after her, switched to long track speed skating. In 1971, 15-year-old Henning won silver at the ISU Sprint Championships, the forerunner of the World Sprint Championships. During those championships, she set new world records in both her 500 m races.

In 1972, Henning broke the world records on the 500 m and the 1,000 m, which made her the favourite on those distances at the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo. During her 500 m race against Sylvia Burka at those Olympics, Henning was obstructed at the crossing by Burka, but she still set the fastest time and a new Olympic record (43.70). In her re-skate, which she was allowed to take according to the rules, she improved her time to 43.33. Aged 16, this made Henning the youngest Olympic Champion in the history of Olympic speed skating. On the 1,000 m, Henning took the bronze medal behind surprise winner Monika Pflug and only 0.01 seconds behind silver medallist Atje Keulen-Deelstra. After that season, a still only 16 year old Henning retired from speed skating.

Anne Henning currently is a teacher in Englewood, Colorado.[1]

World records[edit]

Over the course of her career, Henning skated four world records:

Distance Time Date Location
500 m 42.91 February 20, 1971 Inzell
500 m 42.75 February 21, 1971 Inzell
500 m 42.5  January 7, 1972 Davos
1,000 m 1:27.3  January 8, 1972 Davos

Personal records[edit]

To put these personal records in perspective, the last column (WR) lists the official world records on the dates that Henning skated her personal records.[1]

Distance Time Date Location WR
500 m 42.5  January 7, 1972 Davos 42.75
1,000 m 1:27.3  January 8, 1972 Davos 1:27.7 
1,500 m 2:27.30 January 16, 1972 Madonna di Campiglio 2:15,8 
3,000 m 5:25.9  December 5, 1970 Innsbruck 4:50.3 


  1. ^ a b Anne Henning.

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