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Elena Belci

Full name: Elena Belci-Dal Farra
Gender: Female
Height: 5-2.5 (160 cm)
Weight: 126 lbs (57 kg)
Born: May 31, 1964 in Torino, Torino, Italy
Affiliations: Centro Sportivo Forestale/Eislaufverein Sportmann Bolzano
Country: ITA Italy
Sport: Speed Skating

Biography

Elena Belci is the most succesful female Italian allrounder ever. She made her international début at the World Junior Championships in 1980 and 1982, and started skating with the seniors in 1983. She later took part in 12 World Championships and 12 European Championships, her best results being fourth (European Championships, 1993) and seventh (World Championships, 1990). As a long distance specialist, she won two silver 5000 m medals (World Championships 1990, European Championships 1998) and, perhaps her best achievement, a bronze 5000 m medal at the inaugural 1996 World Single Distance Championships.

Belci, who married fellow speed skater and coach Carlo dal Farra in September of 1984, took part in four Olympic Winter Games, with her best Olympic achievement a fourth place in the 5,000 at Hamar in 1994. She only qualified for that distance thanks to several forfeits, as she was disqualified in the 3000 m, which was also the qualifying event for the 5K. Belci won 18 Italian Championships, claiming the allround title 14 times and the sprint title on four occasions. She achieved 10 podium spots in World Cup races, placing third in 3,000 m and 5,000 m races.

Personal Bests\: 500 – 42.60 (1998); 1000 – 1:23.10 (1998); 1500 – 2:04.28 (1998); 3000 – 4:13.13 (1998); 5000 – 7:15.58 (1998).

Results

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1992 Winter 27 Albertville Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 19T 2:10.75 27.97 1:00.17 1:34.43
1994 Winter 29 Lillehammer Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 12 2:05.99 27.96 59.36 1:32.05

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1988 Winter 23 Calgary Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 13 4:27.21 20.61 53.87 1:28.30 2:03.63 2:39.39 3:15.33 3:51.21
1992 Winter 27 Albertville Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 14 4:34.28 20.55 54.63 1:29.34 2:05.19 2:41.20 3:18.11 3:56.02
1994 Winter 29 Lillehammer Speed Skating Italy Final Standings AC DQ [4:20.32] [20.85] [53.72] [1:26.85] [2:00.22] [2:34.36] [3:09.17] [3:44.49]
1998 Winter 33 Nagano Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 11 4:16.62 20.50 52.62 1:25.20 1:58.58 2:32.28 3:06.31 3:41.28

Women's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1988 Winter 23 Calgary Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 12 7:37.23 21.57 56.60 1:33.13 2:09.65 2:45.51 3:21.71 3:57.95 4:34.50 5:10.92 5:47.29 6:23.72 7:00.68
1992 Winter 27 Albertville Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 10 7:50.42 20.94 57.05 1:33.82 2:09.88 2:46.90 3:23.83 4:01.36 4:39.04 5:16.92 5:54.86 6:33.34 7:11.83
1994 Winter 29 Lillehammer Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 4 7:20.33 20.75 54.40 1:29.71 2:04.32 2:38.29 3:12.11 3:46.27 4:20.77 4:55.82 5:31.36 6:07.28 6:43.85
1998 Winter 33 Nagano Speed Skating Italy Final Standings 9 7:15.58 20.88 54.25 1:28.40 2:02.53 2:36.49 3:10.69 3:45.30 4:20.05 4:55.08 5:30.14 6:05.12 6:40.28
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