Born: September 17, 1951 - Hollandscheveld (NED)
Piet Kleine, from Hollandscheveld in Drenthe, was a very promising
junior, and he became Dutch junior champion 1969 and 1971. In 1972 he
was two weeks too old to take part in the first ISU Junior
Championships. When most of the Dutch world top skaters turned
professional in 1973, Piet Kleine entered the Dutch national team, and
placed 3rd in his first World Championships in Deventer the same year.
He performed best on his home ground, and his next podium position came
in the European Championships in Heerenveen 1975, again placing 3rd.
had his great year in 1976. This year he became Olympic 10,000 meters
champion (after a close race with current World Record holder, Sten
Stensen) and World champion (in Heerenveen again), and he set 3 World
Records. Four years later he won silver on the 10,000 meters, only
beaten by Eric Heiden.
He finished his international speed
skating career in 1981, and took up a successfull bicycling career. In
1985 he finished 5th at the World Championships on the 100 km team time
trial, as a member of the Dutch team. He took up marathon skating in
1986, and he was an active marathon skater until 2001.
Highest rank on the Adelskalender: 2 (1976).
Bjarte Hetland, December 22, 2013
Podia at championships
|1973||3 ||World Championship Allround||Deventer||NED|
|1975||3 ||European Championship Allround||Heerenveen||NED|
|1976||2 ||Olympic Winter Games 5000 meters||Innsbruck||AUT|
|1 ||Olympic Winter Games 10,000 meters||Innsbruck||AUT|
|1 ||World Championship Allround||Heerenveen||NED|
|1980||2 ||Olympic Winter Games 10,000 meters||Lake Placid||USA|
|1||5000 meters||7:04.86||Mar 5, 1976||Inzell||FRG|
|2||5000 meters||7:02.38||Mar 12, 1976||Inzell||FRG|
|3||10,000 meters||14:43.92||Mar 13, 1976||Inzell||FRG|
|4||Big combination||165.884||Mar 12/13, 1976||Inzell||FRG|
|500m||0:40.10||Jan 30, 1981||Davos||SUI|
|1000m||1:17.35||Jan 30, 1981||Davos||SUI|
|1500m||1:56.28||Mar 13, 1976||Inzell||FRG|
|3000m||4:08.86||Feb 26, 1981||Inzell||FRG|
|5000m||7:02.38||Mar 12, 1976||Inzell||FRG|
|10,000m||14:36.03||Feb 23, 1980||Lake Placid||USA|