Yvonne VAN GENNIP

Netherlands NED

Speed Skating

  • Olympic Medals
    3 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Sarajevo 1984
  • Year of Birth
    1964
Olympic Results

Biography

Yvonne VAN GENNIP

Although she was the world record holder at 5,000m, Yvonne van Gennip's chances for Olympic victory appeared to be ruined when she was hospitalised two months before the Games after her right foot became infected following a cut caused by tying her skate lace too tightly. But after lying in a hospital bed for two weeks, she discovered that the rest left her in the best condition of her life.

In Calgary she upset the East German favourites at 3,000m, breaking the pre-Olympic world record by 4.82 seconds. Then she scored a narrow victory in the 1,500m, bettering her personal best by almost four seconds.

Finally, van Gennip earned a third gold medal in the 5,000m race, beating her own world record by 6.23 seconds. When she was returned to her hometown of Haarlem, she was welcomed by 60,000 fans.

Olympic Results

More results
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Albertville 1992

#AC
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#6
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
#DNS
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Calgary 1988

G
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
G
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating
G
5,000 metres
5,000 metres Speed Skating
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Sarajevo 1984

#6
1,000 metres
1,000 metres Speed Skating
#11
1,500 metres
1,500 metres Speed Skating
#5
3,000 metres
3,000 metres Speed Skating