Erik Henriksen


Erik was born April 8, 1958. He won the title of National and North American Outdoor Champion in the Senior Men category in 1979. He was also crowned U.S. Sprint Champion in 1982, 1983, and 1986. Erik was a bronze medalist at the 1985 World Sprints in 500m and 1000m, while also joining the Olympic team in 1980, 1984, and 1988. He was a member of the World Sprint team from 1980 through 1988.
Erik Henriksen was from Milwaukee. He competed internationally for the US from 1979-88, although he did come out of retirement to skate one World Cup event in Milwaukee in January 1994. A pure sprinter, Henriksen competed at the World Sprint Championship every year from 1981-88. He was at his best in the 1,000, and although he never won a major international race, he had 10 podium finishes in the 1,000 and three in the 500. Henriksen attended the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee, studying pre-law, but he never practiced law, instead becoming a writer.

Personal Bests: 500 37.40 (1987); 1000 1:14.53 (1987); 1500 1:56.21 (1987); 5000 7:51.43 (1983).

News Gazette Open Letter: Erik Henriksen: “Dear Olympians   Thu, 02/11/2010 – Jeff Huth