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Piet Kleine

Full name: Piet Kleine
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (188 cm)
Weight: 190 lbs (86 kg)
Born: September 17, 1951 in Hollandscheveld, Drenthe, Netherlands
Affiliations: ?,
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Silver (3 Total)

Biography

Although a talented cyclist, Piet Kleine's best results came as a speed skater. After a breakthrough bronze at the 1973 World Allround Championships, Kleine top year came in 1976. After winning a silver medal in the Olympic 5,000 m, he won a surprise gold in the 10k despite having to skate in the snow. A fortnight later, Kleine also grabbed the World Allround title in front of a home audience. He closed out the season by setting four World Records in the course of one week. Apart from his medals, his 1976 season also earned Kleine the award for Dutch Male Athlete of the year and a job as a mailman. In a televised interview, Kleine mentioned that he was still jobless, despite his Olympic title, and was then offered the mailman job. Although Kleine never again made the podium in international allround events, he did win a third Olympic medal, winning silver behind the unbeatable Eric Heiden in the 1980 10,000 m. After his last success, Kleine focused on (amateur) cycling, and eventually made the Dutch World Championships squad for the team time trial, placing 5th. From 1986 to 2001, Kleine participated in the Dutch marathon skating circuit, winning the 1990 Dutch title on artificial ice. He placed 5th in the 1997 Elfstedentocht (an irreggularly held 200 km race) but was disqualified for missing a checkpoint.

Personal Bests: 500 – 40.10 (1981); 1000 – 1:17.35 (1981); 1500 – 1:56.28 (1976); 5000 – 7:02.38 (1976); 10000 – 14:36.03 (1980).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 18
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 6
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 1 Gold OR
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 6
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 18 1:23.00 18.97 50.70

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 6 2:02.28 25.89 56.09 1:28.26

Men'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
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 7:26.47 19.98 54.09 1:29.17 2:04.41 2:39.51 3:14.75 3:50.16 4:26.05 5:02.19 5:38.23 6:14.43 6:50.48
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 6 7:08.96 20.45 53.06 1:26.44 2:00.11 2:33.77 3:07.36 3:41.27 4:15.52 4:49.79 5:24.21 5:58.91 6:34.00

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
1976 Winter 24 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 1 OR 14:50.59 37.50 1:12.72 1:48.34 2:24.12 2:59.61 3:35.09 4:10.48 4:46.18 5:21.61 5:57.34 6:32.51 7:07.94 7:42.99 8:18.01 8:53.08 9:28.47 10:03.82 10:39.08 11:14.68 11:50.48 12:26.46 13:02.49 13:37.81 14:14.85
1980 Winter 28 Lake Placid Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 14:36.03 37.23 1:10.63 1:44.20 2:18.55 2:53.28 3:28.11 4:02.89 4:37.39 5:11.95 5:46.40 6:20.64 6:54.92 7:29.83 8:04.94 8:40.27 9:15.43 9:50.24 10:25.60 11:00.97 11:36.69 12:12.08 12:47.96 13:24.04 14:00.15
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