Games & medals

Games Results Sport Event
Grenoble 1968
Games Results Sport Event
Grenoble 1968
#1
Speed Skating 1,000 metres
#2
Speed Skating 1,500 metres

Carolina GEIJSSEN

Netherlands
Speed skating
Height
176 cm / 5'9''
Weight
72 kg / 158 pounds
Birth date
11 Jan 1947 Amsterdam, Netherlands
Gender
Female

Number of medals

2 Olympic medals

Olympic Games

1 Olympic Games

Carolina GEIJSSEN biography

By winning the 1000 m in Grenoble, Carry Geijssen became the first Dutch speed skater to win an Olympic title. A Dutch champion had been expected, with the Dutch women having swept the podium at the World Championships just prior to the Olympics, with Geijssen in third. While her teammates disappointed in the 1000 m, Geijssen beat Lyudmila Titova by 3 tenths to win her second Olympic medal; she had earlier won silver in the 1500 m. Her gold medal was surrounded by slight controversy, as Geijssen's commentary on the coaching situation a day before her golden race had been taken as a critique to oust coach Piet Zwanenburg. Geijssen continued to skate for several more years, but never achieved the same level of success. Apart from her Olympic gold, her only title had been the 1966 Dutch Allround Championships. Married to cyclist Rien Langkruis, Geijssen later lived in Indonesia and Canada.

Personal Bests: 500 – 45.9 (1970); 1000 – 1:31.5 (1969); 1500 – 2:21.3 (1968); 3000 – 5:00.8 (1968).

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