Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 4
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 6
RolesCompeted in Olympic Games • Other
SexFemale
Full nameLeontine Martha Henrica Petronella "Leontien"•Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Used nameLeontien•Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Born22 March 1970 in Boekel (NED)
Measurements168 cm / 69 kg
AffiliationsTeam Farm Frites-Hartol
NOC Netherlands

Biography

In the early 1990s Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel threatened the supremacy of France’s Jeannie Longo as the best female cyclist. Under her maiden name van Moorsel, she won two road world titles (1991, 1993), two Grande Boucles (1992-93), and the world title in the individual pursuit on the track (1990). But van Moorsel suffered from anorexia and bulimia, an eating disorder, and lost 20 kg (44 lbs.) while already slim. Her cycling career suffered, but she returned to prominence in the late 1990s, winning the individual time trial World Championship in 1998 and 1999 and the world pursuit title again in 2001-2003. At the Sydney Olympics in 2000, she had the most successful Olympics ever by a woman cyclist. She won the individual pursuit in world record time, won the road race and the individual time trial, and added a silver medal on the track in the points race. Van Moorsel continued competing and at Athens in 2004 won a gold medal in the individual time trial and a bronze medal in the individual pursuit. In 2003, she bettered the world hour record, recording 46.065 km.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) NED Leontien van Moorsel
Road Race, Individual, Women (Olympic) 23
Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Leontien van Moorsel
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 8
2000 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Road Race, Individual, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Individual Time Trial, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Points Race, Women (Olympic) 2 Silver
2004 Summer Olympics Cycling Road (Cycling) NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Road Race, Individual, Women (Olympic) DNF
Individual Time Trial, Women (Olympic) 1 Gold
Cycling Track (Cycling) NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel
Individual Pursuit, Women (Olympic) 3 Bronze

Other participations

Games Role NOC As
2004 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Closing Ceremony NED Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel

Special Notes