Sven KRAMER

Netherlands NED

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    4 G
    2 S
    3 B
  • Games participations
    4
  • First Olympic Games
    Turin 2006
  • Year of Birth
    1986
Olympic Results

Biography

Sven KRAMER

With nine medals to his name, the Netherlands’ Sven Kramer is the most decorated speed skater in the history of the Olympic Winter Games. At PyeongChang 2018, he became the first man to win the 5,000m title three times in a row, an event in which he also won silver at Turin 2006. As of 2018, Kramer had also won more single distance and allround world titles than anyone else, 19 and nine respectively.

Big ambitions

Kramer was almost predestined to become a speed skater. He hails from the Dutch city of Heerenveen, one of the cradles of speed skating and a regular port of call for the European Championships, World Championships and ISU World Cup. Moreover, his father was a professional speed skater and encouraged him to follow in his footsteps.

 A Dutch junior time-trial runner-up, Kramer turned his back on cycling to pursue his dream of becoming the best speed skater in the world, and served notice of his ability on the ice by winning the national allround title as an 18-year-old in 2004. A year later he won European allround silver on his home rink before setting a new 5,000m world record of 6:08.78 in Salt Lake City (USA) that November, a mark he has since improved on several times.

Debut in Turin

Kramer made his first Olympic Winter Games appearance at Turin 2006 when he was 20. It was a successful debut, as he won silver in the 5,000m. He then lined up in the team pursuit, in which the Dutch were hot favourites. But disaster struck in the semi-final against Italy, when Sven fell, taking one of his team-mates with him. The Dutch nevertheless saw off Norway to win the bronze and give Kramer a second Olympic medal.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

PyeongChang 2018

G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
#6
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
B
Team Pursuit (8 laps)
Team Pursuit (8 laps) Speed Skating
#16
Mass Start
Mass Start Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sochi 2014

G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
S
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
G
Team Pursuit (8 laps)
Team Pursuit (8 laps) Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Vancouver 2010

#13
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
#AC
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
B
Team Pursuit (8 laps)
Team Pursuit (8 laps) Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Turin 2006

#15
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
S
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
#7
10,000 metres
10,000 metres Speed Skating
B
Team Pursuit (8 laps)
Team Pursuit (8 laps) Speed Skating