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Ben Blaisse

Full name: Berndt Stephan "Ben" Blaisse
Gender: Male
Born: May 8, 1911 in Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands
Died: April 30, 2006 in Den Haag, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: ?, Amsterdam (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Related Olympians: Uncle of Steven Blaisse.


Ben Blaisse started competitive skating as a teenager, together with his brother Huib. In 1930, they were both selected to train with the Dutch team in Switzerland, as the Dutch winters do not guarantee ice. Blaisse made his international competitive debut in 1932, appearing at the European Championships, where he fell in the first event, the 500 m. After a fourth place in the Dutch Championships of 1933 (his best result), Blaisse dedicated most of his time to his physics studies, but returned to the sport in 1936. He was selected for the national team, and competed in all major competitions that year. After having placed 19th in the World Championships at Davos, he finished 27th in his sole Olympic race, the 500 m. Later, Ben Blaisse became a professor of physics at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in low temperature physics.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.7 (1936); 1500 – 2:27.7 (1933); 5000 – 9:19.2 (1934); 10000 – 19:06.3 (1936).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 27

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T
1936 Winter 24 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 27 46.9
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