Dan Jansen, an American speed skater, chased Olympic gold for four Games before finally getting his medal.
Losing out on a medal in 1984 at Sarajevo in what was then Yugoslavia, Jansen was favored to take top honors at Calgary four years later. Prior to the 1988 Olympics, however, his sister, Jane, lost her battle with leukemia. Jansen lost both events he competed in.
In 1992, Jansen again failed to medal at Albertville, leaving the 1994 Olympics in Lillehammer as his last chance for Olympic victory. Losing his first event, Jansen finally got his gold in the 1,000-meter, skating a victory lap with his infant daughter, named after his late sister.