Jan YKEMA

Netherlands NED

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    1 S
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Sarajevo 1984
  • Year of Birth
    1963
Olympic Results

Biography

Jan YKEMA

The best Dutch sprinter of his time, Jan Ykema debuted at the World Championships aged 18. By far his best season came in 1988. He achieved his best ranking in the World Sprint Championships (6th), won all of his three World Cup races that season, and topped it off with an Olympic silver medal. After a very quick start, Ykema set a new National Record of 36.76 to finish second behind Uwe-Jens Mey of East Germany. Having won three Dutch sprint titles (1982, 1987 and 1988) and three Dutch distance titles, Ykema retirted to work in real estate. For nearly 15 years, he then struggled with a cocaine addiction. In 2008, he returned to speed skating as assistant coach of the small Dutch pro team APPM.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.76 (1988); 1000 – 1:14.24 (1988); 1500 – 1:59.11 (1988); 5000 – 8:23.1 (1980); 10000 – 16:27.3 (1982).

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Calgary 1988

S
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
#AC
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sarajevo 1984

#14
500 metres
500 metres Speed Skating
#20
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating