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Charles de Ligne

Full name: Charles de Ligne
Gender: Male
Born: September 12, 1895
Died: November 14, 1944 in Brussels, Région de Bruxelles-Capitale, Belgium
Country: BEL Belgium
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Husband of Yvonne de Ligne.

Biography

Charles de Ligne's speed skating appearance at age 40 in the 1936 Olympics is only notable because he is, by a wide margin, the slowest speed skater ever to appear at the Games. Earlier, De Ligne had been a decorated officer in World War I, and had done well for himself in business in the years thereafter. He was married to figure skater Yvonne de Ligne, who competed in two Olympics. During World War II, De Ligne became a member of the Belgian underground, helping downed Allied pilots return to England. In 1944, he discovered his wife was having an affair with a younger man. After throwing the man out of his house, his wife decided to kill him, luring him to their countryside hideout. She had hired a killer to come there as well, having told him that her husband had become a collaborator. Killed by German bullets, it was initially thought Charles de Ligne had been killed by the Gestapo, but the truth was revealed in 1945. Yvonne de Ligne was sentenced to 15 years imprisonment, of which she only served 6 due to illness.

Personal Bests: 500 – 1:04.9 (1936); 1500 – 3:21.9 (1936); 5000 – unknown; 10000 – 23:32.9 (1936).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Belgium BEL 35
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Belgium BEL 37
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Belgium BEL AC DQ
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Belgium BEL 28

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Belgium Final Standings 35 1:44.6

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Belgium Final Standings 37 3:21.9 40.0 1:32.0 2:27.0

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Belgium Final Standings AC DQ [11:32.7] [1:26] [2:18] [3:14] [4:10] [5:06] [6:02]

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 40 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Belgium Final Standings 28 23:32.9
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