Ard SCHENK

Netherlands NED

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
    1 S
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Innsbruck 1964
  • Year of Birth
    1944
Olympic Results

Biography

Ard SCHENK

In 1968 Ard Schenk earned a silver medal in the 1,500m speed skating event.

Three out of four

By the time of the 1972 Sapporo Games, Schenk held the world record for three of the four Olympic distances: the 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000m. Racing during a snowstorm, Schenk won the 5,000m by 4.57 seconds. In the 500m, he fell after four steps and finished 34th. Schenk came back to win the 1,500m and the 10,000m.

His own flower

Two weeks later he became the first skater in 60 years to sweep all four events at the world championships. Schenk was considered such a hero in the Netherlands that a flower was named in his honour: Crocus chrysanthus Ard Schenk.

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sapporo 1972

#34
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
G
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
G
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Grenoble 1968

#=13
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
S
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Innsbruck 1964

#13
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating