Olympic Games: Gold medals in 2006, 2010, 2014 (2) and 2018, Silver medals in 2014 (3) and 2018 (2); Bronze medal in 2006
World Championships: Gold medals in 2007 (2), 2008, 2011 (2), 2012, 2013 (3), 2016, 2017 (2), 2019, 2020 and 2021; Silver medals in 2007, 2009 (2), 2011 (2), 2012, 2013 (2), 2015 (3), 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020; Bronze medal in 2012
Pre-university education (VWO), Mill Hill College Goirle, The Netherlands, (2005)
Professional Speed Skater, Team TVM (2005-2014), Professional Speed Skater Team Continu (2014-2015); Professional Speed Skater and Founder, Team Justlease (2015-2018); Professional Speed Skater, Team TalentNED (2018-2020); Professional Speed Skater, Team Reggeborgh (2020-present)
Functions in the field of sport
Member, Royal Dutch Skating Federation athletes’ representation and its forerunner (2008-present); Advisor, NOC Athletes’ Commission (2021-present)
I WANT YOU, THE ATHLETES, TO BE ABLE TO PERFORM TO THE BEST OF YOUR ABILITY AND INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION
Why I am running in the IOC Athletes’ Commission election
The Olympic spirit brings together athletes from all corners of the world. For me, the Olympic Movement is about striving to create an empowering environment in which fair play, equal rights, safety and the joy of top performance can be experienced by all athletes.
Carrying my country’s flag in PyeongChang was a great honour and sent shivers down my spine. I am a 5-time Olympic gold medalist and 4-time Olympian. I also won 5 silver medals and a bronze. Participating in Turin, Vancouver, Sochi and PyeongChang has given me a unique perspective on how to improve conditions for athletes and make sure our voice is heard loud and clear.
I like to get things done and I speak my mind. Starting my own elite skating team turned me into a trailblazer, someone not afraid to take the first step. It was an amazing experience, enabling me to grow personally while helping young athletes. I am also an advisor to the Dutch NOC Athletes’ Commission.
I kindly ask for your vote. I promise to you that I will do my very best to bring my experience, passion and focus to the IOC Athletes’ Commission
Original version: English *Results as of 13 September 2021 and only for disciplines on the Olympic programme