Leo Visser

Leo Visser

Leo Visser in 1988
Personal information
Nationality Dutch
Born (1966-01-13) 13 January 1966
Haastrecht, Netherlands
Spouse(s) Sandra Voetelink
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1992
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 s a former Dutch Speed skater, who in 1989 won the World Allround championship, the same year in which Visser also became European champion.[1]

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

Nationally, he won the allround titles in 1988, 1989 and 1991 and 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]


Leo Visser in 1988

Personal records

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500m 38.65 31 January 1992 Davos
1,000m 1:16.21 2 January 1992 Heerenveen
1,500m 1:54.65 19 January 1990 Heerenveen
3,000m 3:59.27 19 March 1987 Heerenveen
5,000m 6:44.98 13 February 1988 Calgary
10,000m 13:58.47 2 January 1988 Heerenveen

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[2]

World records

5000 m6.47,0114 February 1987 Heerenveen
3000 m3.59,2719 March 1987 Heerenveen

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]


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  2. "Leo Visser". SpeedskatingResults.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. "Leo Visser". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.

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Preceded by
Netherlands Steven Rooks
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Netherlands Erik Breukink
Preceded by
Sweden Tomas Gustafson
Oscar Mathisen Award
Succeeded by
Norway Johann Olav Koss
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Jan Ykema
Flagbearer for  Netherlands
Albertville 1992
Succeeded by
Christine Aaftink

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