Monique Velzeboer

Monique Cornelia Annamaria Velzeboer (born in Oud Ade on 18 October 1969) is a Dutch skater and photographer.

Monique Velzeboer
Medal record
Women's short track speed skating
Representing  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1988 Calgary 500 m
Silver medal – second place 1988 Calgary 1500 m
Bronze medal – third place 1988 Calgary 1000 m

At the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988 she won Gold, silver and bronze in the short track skating discipline, when short-track speed skating was held as a demonstration sport. She ranked also 4th in the 500 metres of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Her life as an elite sport star ended early, during a training for the 1994 Winter Olympics Monique had a bad fall in Font-Romeu and she broke both her wrists and became paraplegic.[1]

After a difficult period Monique is now full of life. Monique is a photographer and travels around the world to the most impressive places to photograph, she was already in Mexico, India, Rwanda, Bangladesh and Nepal. Monique photographs for the Liliane Fund, a Fund which is committed to children with disabilities in developing countries. Through the Monique Velzeboer Foundation, she sells photos, calendars, cards and the proceeds are going to the Liliane Fund.

Her two siblings, Simone and Mark were also speed skaters. As is her niece Xandra.


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