Leo Visser

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Leo Visser
Leo Visser 1988.jpg
Leo Visser in 1988
Personal information
Born (1966-01-13) January 13, 1966 (age 48)
Haastrecht, Netherlands
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1986
Retired 1992

Leendert "Leo" Visser (born 13 January 1966 in Haastrecht) 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[edit]

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500m 38.65 Switzerland
1,000m 1:16.21 Netherlands
1,500m 1:54.65 Netherlands
3,000m 3:59.27 Netherlands
5,000m 6:44.98 Canada
10,000m 13:58.47 Netherlands

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[2]

World records[edit]

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