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Richard Nizielski

Full name: Richard Nizielski
Gender: Male
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 163 lbs (74 kg)
Born: July 27, 1968 in Nottingham, Nottingham, Great Britain
Affiliations: West Coast Speed Skating Club
Country: AUS Australia
Sport: Short Track Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

Born in England but with a Polish family background, Richard Nizielski arrived in the unlikely winter sports setting of Perth, Western Australia at the age of three.

Predominantly a 500 m specialist Nizielski set a national record for the event in 1993 which still stands in 2009. His greatest successes came as with the national relay team and was a member of the Australian quartet that became world champions in 1991 in Sydney. After disappointment in 1992 when their chances of an Olympic medal were ruined by a fall the Australians rebounded to win World Championship medals in 1993 and 1994 and a first ever Winter Olympic medal in 1994 and each time Nizielski was a vital member of the team.

He retired after his third Olympic appearance in 1998 and became a fight coordinator in the theatre and television industry. Nizielski is also a qualified golf instructor and has written magazine articles on the biomechanics of the golf swing.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Australia AUS 21
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay Australia AUS 7
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Australia AUS 10
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Australia AUS 13
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay Australia AUS 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Relay Australia AUS 8

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 10 6 45.57
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia Quarter-Finals Heat Four 4 1 45.57
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia Round One Heat One 1 Q/OR 5 44.86

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS BT T
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 21 2 1:38.80
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Australia Round One Heat Four 3 2 1:38.80
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia Final Standings 13 4 1:29.93
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia Quarter-Finals Heat Two 4 1 1:29.93
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia Round One Heat Two 2 Q 3 1:32.42

Men's 5,000 metres Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Final Standings 7
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Semi-Finals Heat One 4
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Round One Heat One 2
1992 Winter 23 Albertville Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Final Round B Final 3
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Final Standings 3
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Final Round A Final 3
1994 Winter 25 Lillehammer Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Semi-Finals Heat Two 2
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Final Standings 8
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Final Round B Final 4
1998 Winter 29 Nagano Short Track Speed Skating Australia AUS Semi-Finals Heat Two 3
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