Dianne Margaret de Leeuw (born 19 November 1955) is a Dutch figure skater. She is the 1975 World champion, the 1976 European champion, and the 1976 Olympic silver medalist.[1]


 [hide*1 Career


De Leeuw was born in Orange, CaliforniaUSA. Her mother is Dutch and her father had dual US/Dutch citizenship. Dianne de Leeuw skated for the Netherlands, despite having been born and having spent most of her youth in the U.S.

She was voted the female athlete of the Netherlands in 1975 by winning the World Ice Skating Championship. She was known for her classic skating style. She was also flag carrier at the 1976 Winter Olympic Games for the Netherlands.

Following her retirement from skating, she became a coach. She has coached at the Westminster Ice Palace in WestminsterCalifornia. She married her former coach Doug Chapman and they coach skating together.[1]


Event 1970–71 1971–72 1972–73 1973–74 1974–75 1975–76
Winter Olympics 16th 2nd
World Championships 17th 15th 3rd 1st 3rd
European Championships 19th 9th 6th 2nd 2nd 1st
Dutch Championships 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Richmond Trophy 1st


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Olympic Games
Preceded by

Atje Keulen-Deelstra

Flagbearer for  Netherlands

Innsbruck 1976

Succeeded by

Piet Kleine

Preceded by

Enith Brigitha

Dutch Sportswoman of the Year


Succeeded by

Keetie van Oosten

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