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Ria Visser

Full name: Adriana Johanna "Ria" Visser
Gender: Female
Height: 5-5.5 (167 cm)
Weight: 115 lbs (52 kg)
Born: July 20, 1961 in Oud-Beijerland, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: ?, Oud-Beijerland (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

A talented junior, Ria Visser debuted internationally as a 17-year-old. She finished 6th in the World Allround Championships, after being runner-up at the Dutch nationals. Barely considered an outsider for a medal, she briefly lead the 1500 m at the 1980 Olympics, only to be surpassed by her equally surprising compatriot Annie Borckink. Although Visser won five Dutch allround titles over the next years, she could not quite match the international level, although she did place fourth in the 1985 European Championships. After suffering from injuries in the 1987 season, she tried to make the Calgary Olympics to close out her career, but failed to qualify. After her skating career, Ria Visser became a skating commentator and, later, analyst for Dutch television. She has also published a children's book, and presented a game show on television.

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.23 (1984); 1000 – 1:25.76 (1982); 1500 – 2:07.06 (1984); 3000 – 4:29.13 (1985); 5000 – 7:40.68 (1988).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver OR
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Netherlands NED AC DNF/fall
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 500 metres Netherlands NED 30
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 13
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Netherlands NED 25 fall

Women's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 30 45.05 11.82

Women's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 OR 2:12.35 28.11 1:00.55 1:35.07
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 13 2:11.06 28.01 1:00.44 1:34.75

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank 2c T 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
1980 Winter 18 Lake Placid Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings AC DNF/fall 21.52
1984 Winter 22 Sarajevo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 25 fall 21.65 5:14.80 56.61 1:50.72 2:32.12 3:11.85 3:52.91 4:34.25
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