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Falko Zandstra

Full name: Falko Zandstra
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 168 lbs (76 kg)
Born: December 27, 1971 in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Hardrijders Club Heerenveen
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver, 1 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Falko Zandstra became Junior World Champion in 1990 and 1991, breaking the senior World Record for the small combination during the competition. His first senior year was a huge success, winning the European title in his native Heerenveen and placing second at the World Championships. At the Albertville Olympics, he grabbed a silver medal in the 5,000 m. He was the best skater in the world in 1993, winning World and European titles, and being awarded the Oscar Mathisen award for the best performance of the season. From then on, his performances deteriorated, although he won a medal at the 1994 Olympics and podium spots at the European Championships in 1994, 1995 and 1997. A three time Dutch All-Around champion, Zandstra retired from the sport when he failed to qualify for his third Olympics. He later set up a wall and roof material shop in Heerenveen.

Personal Bests: 500 – 37.89 (1994); 1000 – 1:13.98 (1998); 1500 – 1:50.90 (1998); 5000 – 6:39.57 (1998); 10000 – 13:46.96 (1993).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 10
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 7
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 4
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 4

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 10 1:15.57 17.93 45.97

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 7 1:56.96 25.14 54.12 1:24.64
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 1:52.38 24.71 52.78 1:21.89

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
1992 Winter 20 Albertville Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 7:02.28 19.46 51.75 1:24.85 1:58.29 2:31.58 3:05.39 3:39.12 4:12.78 4:46.53 5:20.50 5:54.17 6:28.20
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 4 6:44.58 19.21 50.25 1:22.17 1:54.10 2:25.80 2:57.62 3:29.77 4:01.83 4:33.95 5:06.12 5:38.54 6:11.21

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
1994 Winter 22 Lillehammer Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 4 13:58.25 36.51 1:09.90 1:43.01 2:16.19 2:49.28 3:22.20 3:55.45 4:28.60 5:01.53 5:34.85 6:08.12 6:41.59 7:15.08 7:48.79 8:22.19 8:55.78 9:29.60 10:03.51 10:37.20 11:11.12 11:45.10 12:19.02 12:52.68 13:25.96
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