Leo Visser

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Leo Visser
Leo Visser 1988.jpg
Leo Visser in 1988
Personal information
Full nameLeendert Visser
NationalityDutch
Born (1966-01-13) 13 January 1966 (age 54)
Haastrecht, Netherlands
Spouse(s) Sandra Voetelink
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro1986
Retired1992
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)500 m: 38.65 (1992)
1000 m: 1:16.21 (1992)
1500 m: 1:54.65 (1990)
3000 m: 3:59.27 (1987)
5000 m: 6:44.98 (1988)
10 000 m: 13:58.47 (1988)

Leendert "Leo" Visser (born 13 January 1966) is a Dutch former speed skater, who in 1989 won the World Allround championships and European championships. [1]

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At the 1988 Olympics in Calgary he won a silver medal in the 5000 m and a bronze medal in the 10 000 meter. Four years later, at the 1992 Olympics in Albertville, Visser won a bronze medal in both the 1,500 and the 5,000 metres, behind Norwegians Johann Olav Koss and Geir Karlstad. [1]

Nationally, he won the allround titles in 1988, 1989 and 1991, as well as four distance titles. [1]

After his career as a speed skater, Visser became a pilot and he is now captain on the Boeing 777 for Dutch airline KLM. In 2002, he was the chef de mission for the Dutch Olympic team. His wife, Sandra Voetelink, is also a former Olympic speed skater. [1]

Records

Leo Visser in 1988 Leo Visser.jpg
Leo Visser in 1988

Personal records

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
EventResultDateLocationNotes
500 meter 38.65 31 January 1992 Davos
1000 meter 1:16.21 2 January 1992 Heerenveen
1500 meter 1:54.65 19 January 1990 Heerenveen
3000 meter 3:59.27 19 March 1987 Heerenveen
5000 meter 6:44.98 13 February 1988 Calgary
10000 meter 13:58.47 2 January 1988 Heerenveen

Source: [2]

Visser has a score of 159.287 points on the Adelskalender

World records

EventResultDateLocationNotes
5000 meter 6:47.0114 February 1987 Heerenveen
3000 meter 3:59.2719 March 1987 Heerenveen

Tournament overview

Season Dutch
Championships
Single
Distances
Dutch
Championships
Allround
European
Championships
Allround
Olympic
Games
World
Cup
World
Championships
Allround
1984–1985 16th 500m
21st 5000m
15th 1500m
DNQ 10000m
NC overall

1985–1986

7th 500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
Bronze medal icon.svg 1500m
5th 10000m
4th overall

44th 1500m
16th 5000/10000m
INZELL

15th 500m
8th 5000m
8th 1500m
7th 10000m
8th overall

1986–1987

19th 500m
Gold medal icon.svg 1500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
Bronze medal icon.svg 10000m

6th 500m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
Bronze medal icon.svg 1500m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
Bronze medal icon.svg overall
TRONDHEIM

12th 500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
16th 1500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 10000m
5th

10th 1500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 5000/10000m
HEERENVEEN

16th 500m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
15th 1500m
Silver medal icon.svg 10000m
4th overall

1987–1988

Gold medal icon.svg 1500m
20th 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m

Silver medal icon.svg 500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 1500m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
Gold medal icon.svg overall
THE HAGUE

4th 500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
4th 1500m
4th 10000m
Silver medal icon.svg overall
CALGARY

Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
Bronze medal icon.svg 10000m

15th 1500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 5000/10000m
ALMA ATA
15th 500m
12th 5000m
21st 1500m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
Silver medal icon.svg overall

1988–1989

13th 500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 1500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 5000m
Bronze medal icon.svg 10000m

9th 500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
Silver medal icon.svg 1500m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
Gold medal icon.svg overall
GÖTEBORG

12th 500m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
7th 1500m
Gold medal icon.svg 10000m
Gold medal icon.svg overall

28th 1500m
14th 5000/10000m
OSLO

14th 500m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 1500m
Silver medal icon.svg 10000m
Gold medal icon.svg overall

1989–1990

19th 500m
Silver medal icon.svg 1500m
5th 5000m
7th 10000m

Bronze medal icon.svg 500m
14th 5000m
DNS 1500m
DNS 10000m
NC overall
HEERENVEEN

16th 500m
4th 5000m
Bronze medal icon.svg 1500m
4th 10000m
Bronze medal icon.svg overall

1990–1991

Gold medal icon.svg 1500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
4th 10000m

10th 500m
Gold medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 1500m
Silver medal icon.svg 10000m
Gold medal icon.svg overall
SARAJEVO

5th 500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 5000m
Gold medal icon.svg 1500m
4th 10000m
Silver medal icon.svg overall

4th 1500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000/10000m
HEERENVEEN

10th 500m
5th 5000m
5th 1500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 10000m
4th overall

1991–1992

Silver medal icon.svg 1000m
Silver medal icon.svg 1500m
Silver medal icon.svg 5000m
ALBERTVILLE

Bronze medal icon.svg 1500m
Bronze medal icon.svg 5000m

20th 1500m

Source: [3]

Medals won

ChampionshipGold
Gold medal icon.svg
Silver
Silver medal icon.svg
Bronze
Bronze medal icon.svg
Dutch Single Distances 464
Dutch Allround 301
European Allround 121
Olympic Games 013
World Cup 012
World Allround 110

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com [4]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 Leo Visser. sports-reference.com
  2. https://speedskatingresults.com/index.php?p=17&s=693
  3. https://www.speedskatingnews.info/en/data/skater/leo-visser/
  4. "Leo Visser". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
Awards
Preceded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Steven Rooks
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Erik Breukink
Preceded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Tomas Gustafson
Oscar Mathisen Award
1989
Succeeded by
Flag of Norway.svg Johann Olav Koss
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Jan Ykema
Flagbearer for Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands
Albertville 1992
Succeeded by
Christine Aaftink