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Lou Dijkstra

Full name: Luitzen "Lou" Dijkstra
Gender: Male
Born: May 7, 1909 in Paessens, Friesland, Netherlands
Died: April 24, 1964 in Amstelveen, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: ?, Den Haag (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Father of Sjoukje Dijkstra.

Biography

An allround athlete competing in cycling, sailing and football, Dijkstra excelled in speed skating. After placing second in the 1933 Dutch Championships, Dijkstra became a member of the Dutch national team, and appeared in three World Championships, placing 11th in 1935. After competing in the 1936 Winter Games, he abandoned international skating, but would appear in Dutch Championships as late as 1950. After his medicine studies, he settled in Amstelveen to work as a general practitioner. When his teen daughter, Sjoukje Dijkstra, appeared to be a talented figure skater, he made sure got a decent training in the sport, which was still undeveloped in the Netherlands. Sjoukje eventually won five European, three World and one Olympic title. Shortly after his dauther's Olympic triumph in Innsbruck, Lou Dijkstra was killed in a car accident in his hometown.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.8 (1936); 1500 – 2:24.8 (1935); 5000 – 8:47.2 (1936); 10000 – 18:12.2 (1933).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 24T
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 20T
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 16
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 20

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 24T 46.7

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 20T 2:27.2 30.0 1:08.0 1:47.0

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 16 8:51.5 1:02 1:42 2:23 3:04 3:45 4:27 5:10 5:53 6:37 7:22 8:07

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1936 Winter 26 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 20 18:23.6 44.5 1:26.5 2:08.5 2:51.5 3:33.5 4:16.0 4:59.0 5:42.0 6:25.5 7:11.0 7:54.0 8:38.0 9:22.0 10:08.5 10:53.0 11:38.0 12:23.0 13:07.5 13:53.0 14:38.5 15:23.5 16:08.5 16:53.0 17:38.5
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