Nancy Swider-Peltz

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Nancy Louise Swider-Peltz (born August 20, 1956, in Chicago, Illinois) was an Olympic speedskater (1976, 1980, 1984, 1988) from the United States who held the world record in the 3,000 meters in 1976. She was the first U.S. Olympian to compete in four different Winter Olympics.[1] She was elected to the National Speed Skating Hall of Fame.[2][3]

She is a graduate of Maine South High School in Park Ridge, Illinois.[4]

Swider-Peltz coaches her daughter, Nancy, Jr., who competed for the US at the 2010 Winter Olympics.[5]

She is also a graduate of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois.


  1. ^ "Speed Skaters". National Speed Skating Museum & Hall of Fame. 2001-02-11. Retrieved 2008-12-18. 
  2. ^ Area Athletes Ready to Conquer Innsbruck, Edith Herman, February 2, 1976, Chicago Tribune, p. B7; accessed August 20, 2008.
  3. ^ These area athletes will chase gold, Jody Homer & Neil Milbert, January 29, 1984, Chicago Tribune, p. C6; accessed August 20, 2008.
  4. ^ Article from Maine South's Southwards highlighting Nancy Swider as a skating coach
  5. ^ Isaacson: Some Olympic speedskating coaches are unhappy with lack of credentials - ESPN Chicago