Falko Zandstra

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameFalko•Zandstra
Used nameFalko•Zandstra
Nick/petnamesDe Gespierde Spijker
Born27 December 1971 in Heerenveen, Friesland (NED)
Measurements189 cm / 76 kg
AffiliationsHardrijders Club Heerenveen
NOC Netherlands
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 1
Total 2


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).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1992 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Falko Zandstra
1,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 10
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 7
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
1994 Winter Olympics Speed Skating (Skating) NED Falko Zandstra
1,500 metres, Men (Olympic) 3 Bronze
5,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4
10,000 metres, Men (Olympic) 4

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