Leo Visser

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Leo Visser
Leo Visser 1988.jpg
Leo Visser in 1988
Personal information
Full name Leendert Visser
Nationality Dutch
Born (1966-01-13) 13 January 1966 (age 52)
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 a Dutch former speed skater, who in 1989 won the World Allround championships and European championships.[1]

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]


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

Event Time Date Venue
5000 m 6.47,01 14 February 1987 Heerenveen
3000 m 3.59,27 19 March 1987 Heerenveen

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]


  1. ^ a b c d Leo Visser. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Leo Visser". SpeedskatingResults.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
  3. ^ "Leo Visser". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.

External links

  • Leo Visser at SpeedSkatingStats.com
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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