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Marianne Timmer

Full name: Maria Aaltje "Marianne" Timmer
Gender: Female
Height: 5-8.5 (174 cm)
Weight: 139 lbs (63 kg)
Born: October 3, 1974 in Sappemeer, Groningen, Netherlands
Affiliations: IJsclub Borgercompagnie/Postcode Loterij Schaatsploeg
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Wife (divorced) of Peter Mueller.

Medals: 3 Gold (3 Total)

Biography

After narrowly missing qualification for the 1994 Olympics, Marianne Timmer had her international breakthrough in 1997, winning the 1000 m world title in tough outdoor conditions and aided by the advantage of the new clapskate. With all skaters using the new material at the 1998 Olympics, she was not a top favourite in Nagano. To everybody's surprise — including her own — she broke the World Record in the 1500 m to win the gold, and took a second title in the 1000 meter. The Nagano rink proved lucky for Timmer, as it is also the site of her only World Sprint title. Eight years after her success, Timmer was considered an outsider for a medal in the 1000 m. Motivated by a disqualification in the 500 m (due to a disputed false start), Timmer narrowly beat pre-race favorites Cindy Klassen and Anni Friesinger. Aiming for a fourth Olympics, her career appeared finished when she suffered a severe heel injury due to an opponent's fall in late 2009.

Timmer was briefly married to her 1998 coach, 1976 Olympic champion Peter Mueller. She is presently married to Henk Timmer, a football goalkeeper for the Dutch national team.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.86 (2008); 1000 – 1:14.45 (2002); 1500 – 1:57.58 (1998); 3000 – 4:15.76 (2002); 5000 – 7:53.32 (1994).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Netherlands NED 6 OR
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 1 Gold OR
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 1 Gold WR
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Netherlands NED 8 OR
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 4 OR
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 21
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Netherlands NED AC DQ
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 1 Gold
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 14

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 6 OR 78.15
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Race 1 9 39.12 10.72
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Race 2 7 39.03 10.72
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 8 OR 76.17
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Race 1 13 38.30 10.82
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Race 2 6T 37.87 10.52
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings AC DQ
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Race 1 AC DQ

Women's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 1 OR 1:16.51 18.35 46.31
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 4 OR 1:14.45 18.00 45.55
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 1 1:16.05 17.99 45.91

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1998 Winter 23 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 1 WR 1:57.58 25.92 54.87 1:25.33
2002 Winter 27 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 21 1:59.60 25.43 53.78 1:24.71
2006 Winter 31 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 14 2:00.45 25.59 55.19 1:26.86
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