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Hans van Helden

Full name: Hans van Helden
Gender: Male
Height: 5-10.5 (180 cm)
Weight: 165 lbs (75 kg)
Born: April 27, 1948 in Almkerk, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands
Affiliations: CPC Paris, Paris (FRA)
Country: NED Netherlands, FRA France
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Husband of Marie-France van Helden.

Medals: 3 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

Although known as somewhat of a troublemaker, Hans van Helden was gifted with an excellent skating technique. After podium spots in the 1973 and 1974 European Championships, Van Helden lived up to his potential in 1976. That year, he broke two World Records (1,500 m and 5,000 m), won three Olympic bronze medals, placed third at the World Allround Championships, fourth at the World Sprint Championships (after two 1,000 m wins), won the Dutch Allround title, and became number one on the Adelskalender, the all-time combined points ranking. Despite this, Van Helden was rather disappointed with his Olympic results, citing unfortunate draws and weather circumstances. The following years, Van Helden struggled making the Dutch team and after failing to qualify for the 1980 Games, he decided to skate for France, having gained citizenship following his marriage to Marie-France Vives. As a Frenchman, he qualified for the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, and his fourth place in the Sarajevo 1,500 m was the best result by a Dutch-born skater at these Olympics. He didn't approach his former results, but had occasional successes, winning the 1,500 m at the 1984 European Championships and taking a bronze in the 10,000 m at his final World Championships in 1988. With the 1992 Winter Olympics held in France, Van Helden attempted a comeback at age 43. Upon learning the selectors favoured a younger skater, Van Helden ended his career without completing the qualification race.

Personal Bests: 500 – 39.0 (1986); 1000 – 1:16.32 (1988); 1500 – 1:55.61 (1976); 5000 – 7:06.40 (1977); 10000 – 14:34.84 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 19T
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 5
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze OR
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres France FRA 24
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres France FRA 18
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres France FRA 4
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres France FRA 11
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres France FRA 25
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 500 metres France FRA 33
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres France FRA 29
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres France FRA 19
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres France FRA 22
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres France FRA 23

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 19T 40.91 10.56
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating France Final Standings 24 39.71 10.68
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating France Final Standings 33 39.05 10.84

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 5 1:20.85 18.48 48.92
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating France Final Standings 18 1:18.77 18.33 47.99
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating France Final Standings 29 1:16.32 18.50 47.03

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1976 Winter 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 OR 2:00.87 25.59 55.99 1:27.87
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating France Final Standings 4 1:59.39 25.98 56.01 1:27.17
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating France Final Standings 19 1:55.61 26.18 55.02 1:24.83

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 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 7:26.54 20.45 54.30 1:28.94 2:04.31 2:39.80 3:15.17 3:50.37 4:25.95 5:01.59 5:37.27 6:13.64 6:50.26
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating France Final Standings 11 7:24.59 20.23 53.28 1:27.00 2:01.03 2:35.30 3:09.90 3:44.75 4:20.02 4:55.96 5:32.04 6:08.69 6:46.28
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating France Final Standings 22 6:57.69 20.36 53.81 1:27.33 2:00.72 2:33.75 3:06.67 3:39.29 4:11.95 4:44.68 5:17.55 5:50.48 6:23.55

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 27 Innsbruck Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 15:02.02 39.85 1:14.70 1:49.44 2:24.44 2:59.05 3:33.59 4:08.30 4:43.15 5:18.68 5:54.40 6:30.23 7:06.12 7:42.10 8:18.37 8:54.89 9:31.40 10:07.62 10:44.17 11:20.52 11:57.19 12:34.17 13:11.20 13:48.30 14:25.41
1984 Winter 35 Sarajevo Speed Skating France Final Standings 25 15:26.10 36.39 1:10.09 1:44.64 2:19.40 2:54.56 3:29.88 4:05.02 4:41.03 5:17.59 5:54.32 6:31.45 7:08.81 7:46.19 8:23.50 9:01.30 9:39.09 10:17.07 10:55.54 11:34.32 12:13.16 12:51.86 13:30.69 14:09.67 14:48.06
1988 Winter 39 Calgary Speed Skating France Final Standings 23 14:34.84 38.27 1:12.42 1:46.78 2:21.00 2:55.15 3:29.10 4:03.03 4:36.97 5:11.06 5:45.52 6:20.17 6:54.94 7:29.94 8:05.02 8:40.17 9:15.32 9:50.37 10:25.52 11:00.96 11:36.44 12:12.21 12:48.23 13:24.11 13:59.66
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