Ria Stalman
Ria Stalman in 1982
Personal information
Born (1951-12-11) 11 December 1951 (age 72)
Delft, Netherlands
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
SportDiscus throw, shot put
ClubSparta, The Hague
Medal record
Representing the  Netherlands
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 1984 Los Angeles Discus throw

Maria Geertruida "Ria" Stalman (Dutch: [maːˈriaː ɣeːrˈtrœydaː ˈriaː ˈstɑlmɑn]; born 11 December 1951) is a Dutch retired discus thrower and shot putter.

In discus throw, her personal best is 71.22 m from 1984, a Dutch record that was later annulled, and in shot put, her personal best is 18.02 m from 1984, also a Dutch record. She won the gold medal in discus throw at the 1984 Summer Olympics. She also has 15 national titles in discus throw and shot put.

In 2016, she admitted to the use of doping in the 1980s. In response, the Royal Dutch Athletics Federation annulled her unsurpassed national record in discus throw set in that period.


From 1971 to 1983, she won 22 medals in the discus throw and shot put events at the Dutch Championships, including 15 gold medals.[citation needed]

Stalman went to Arizona State University, where she was on the track and field team.[citation needed] In June 1982, she won a gold medal for her discus throw of 62.13 m in the 1982 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.[1]

In September 1982, she became 12th in the discus throw event during the 1982 European Athletics Championships in Athens, Greece.[2] In August 1983, she was 7th in the discus throw event during the 1983 World Championships in Athletics in Helsinki, Finland.[2]

In June 1984, she won both a gold medal in the shot put event for her 18.02 m result and in the discus throw event for her 67.59 m result in the 1984 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.[3] In July 1984, she achieved her all-time best discus throw of 71.22 m in Walnut, CA,[2] a Dutch record that remained on the books until it was annulled in 2016.[4]

At the Los Angeles Summer Olympics in August 1984, she won the gold medal for her 65.36 m in the discus throw event.[5] The Royal Dutch Athletics Federation gave her the Membership of Merit[6] and the NOC*NSF gave her the Dutch Sportswoman of the Year award that year.[7] She was knighted in the Order of Orange-Nassau the following year.[8]

She retired shortly after the Olympics to work as a journalist for Algemeen Dagblad, Sport International, and Atletiek Wereld and as an athletics commentator for Eurosport and RTL 4.[9][10][11]

Doping use

In March 1992, Stalman was accused by her former training partner and former roommate Jennifer Smit of using doping during their time in the United States and of being caught at the border trying to import a large number of Winstrol tablets from Mexico.[10] In a response, Stalman denied that she had used doping and didn't want to discuss importing tablets at the advice of an attorney she had consulted.[11] The Royal Dutch Athletics Federation stated that they didn't believe the accusations, that also implicated one of their officials.[12]

In January 2016, Stalman admitted in a TV interview that she had been using anabolic steroids during the last 2.5 years of her career, which includes the period when she won her Olympic gold medal and when she set her national discus throw record.[13] The Doping Authority Netherlands indicated that after more than ten years a doping offense is too old to prosecute, so her results would remain unchanged.[13] However, the Royal Dutch Athletics Federation took away her Membership of Merit and annulled her national record in response.[4]


Personal bests

International competitions

Representing the  Netherlands
Year Competition Venue Position Event Time Notes
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 12th Discus throw 58.48 m [2]
1983 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 7th Discus throw 63.76 m [2]
European Cup, Final B Sittard, Netherlands[14] 1st Discus throw 61.14 m [2]
1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles, United States 1st Discus throw 65.36 m [2]


  1. ^ Track and Field Statistics – USA National Championship, Knoxville, TN 1982 Women, Field. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Ria STALMAN", World Athletics. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  3. ^ a b Track and Field Statistics – USA National Championship, San José 1984 Women, Field. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  4. ^ a b "Atletiekunie neemt Stalman Nederlands record af" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Omroep Stichting. 21 November 2016. Retrieved 22 November 2016.
  5. ^ Ria Stalman. sports-reference.com
  6. ^ Henk van der Sluis, "Ria's goud loont nauwelijks" (in Dutch), Het Parool, 3 September 1984. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  7. ^ "Sportvrouw van het jaar" (in Dutch), NOC*NSF. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Ria Stalman geridderd" (in Dutch), Algemeen Dagblad, 30 April 1985. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
  9. ^ Jeroen Heijmans (8 August 2007) Nederlands goud (43) Archived 26 January 2016 at the Wayback Machine. sportgeschiedenis.nl
  10. ^ a b "'Ria Stalman werd neerslachtig van dope'" (in Dutch), NRC Handelsblad, 16 March 1992. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  11. ^ a b Henk van der Sluis, "Geen enkel bewijs" (in Dutch), Algemeen Dagblad, 20 March 1992. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  12. ^ "KNAU gelooft in onschuld Stalman" (in Dutch), NRC Handelsblad, 19 March 1992. Retrieved 13 August 2023.
  13. ^ a b "Olympisch kampioene Stalman bekent dopinggebruik" (in Dutch), Volkskrant.nl, 8 January 2016. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  14. ^ "European Cup B Final and First League", Gbrathletics.com. Retrieved 12 August 2023.
Awards Preceded byMieke van Doorn KNAU Cup 19761983, 1984 Succeeded byMirjam van Laar Preceded byCarla Beurskens Succeeded byCarla Beurskens Preceded byConny van Bentum Dutch Sportswoman of the Year 1984 Succeeded byBettine Vriesekoop