Inducted May 15, 1987
Dan was born December 14, 1955. He won a variety of World medals, one of which being the gold medal at World Sprint Championships in 1973 at Oslo, Norway, in the 500m. Following this success, he set a Junior World record of 39.35 seconds in the 500m in Italy in 1976. Dan was then a member of the 1976, 1980, and 1984 U.S. Olympic teams and was a bronze medal winner in 500m in the 1976 Olympics in Innsbruck, Austria. He was inducted to the National Speedskating Hall of Fame on May 15, 1987 in Southgate, Michigan.
When he was six, Dan competed in a speed skating race sponsored by the Wisconsin State Journal in the hopes of getting his photograph in the newspaper. After an impressive win, the Madison Speed Skating Club recruited him and he has been part of the speed skating world since.
Besides winning the bronze unexpectedly at the 1976 Olympics, Dan also came in second overall at the World Championships that year, placing first in both 500-meter events.
After being a member of the United States speed skating team for the 1976, 1980, and 1984 Olympics, he went to the 1988 games as an assistant coach.
Dan served as technical coordinator for U.S. Speedskating, the sport’s national governing board. He was a referee through the International Skating Union and refereed the women’s speed skating events at the 2006 Olympics.
Daniel James “Dan” Immerfall (born December 14, 1955) is a former speed skater from the United States who specialized in the 500 meters.
Immerfall was born in Madison, Wisconsin, and started competing locally at a very young age.[clarification needed] When he was 20, Immerfall won bronze at the 1976 Winter Olympics of Innsbruck on the 500 m. One month later, he won silver at the World Sprint Championships behind Swedish skater Johan Granath, though Granath did not win on any of the four distances, while Immerfall won both 500 m races. Immerfall was inducted in the National Speedskating Hall of Fame in 1987.