The Most Famous

SKATERS from Netherlands

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This page contains a list of the greatest Dutch Skaters. The pantheon dataset contains 313 Skaters, 36 of which were born in Netherlands. This makes Netherlands the birth place of the 3rd most number of Skaters behind United States and Russia.

Top 10

The following people are considered by Pantheon to be the top 10 most legendary Dutch Skaters of all time. This list of famous Dutch Skaters is sorted by HPI (Historical Popularity Index), a metric that aggregates information on a biography’s online popularity. Visit the rankings page to view the entire list of Dutch Skaters.

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1. Sjoukje Dijkstra (1942 - )

With an HPI of 62.05, Sjoukje Dijkstra is the most famous Dutch Skater.  Her biography has been translated into 18 different languages on wikipedia.

Sjoukje Rosalinde Dijkstra (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌʃʌukjə ˈdɛikstra], born 28 January 1942) is a Dutch former competitive figure skater. She is the 1964 Olympic champion in ladies' singles, the 1960 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World champion (1962–1964), five-time European champion (1960–1964), and the six-time Dutch national champion (1959–1964).

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2. Ard Schenk (1944 - )

With an HPI of 61.79, Ard Schenk is the 2nd most famous Dutch Skater.  His biography has been translated into 22 different languages.

Adrianus "Ard" Schenk (born 16 September 1944) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands, who is considered to be one of the best in history. His first Olympic success came in 1968, when he won a silver medal at the 1968 Winter Olympics. Between 1970 and 1972 Winter Olympics, Schenk won three consecutive World Allround Speed Skating Championships. He won three gold medals at the 1972 Winter Olympics, becoming, along with Galina Kulakova of Soviet Union, the most successful athlete there.

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3. Kees Verkerk (1942 - )

With an HPI of 61.43, Kees Verkerk is the 3rd most famous Dutch Skater.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Cornelis Arie "Kees" Verkerk (born 28 October 1942) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands.

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4. Stien Kaiser (1938 - )

With an HPI of 57.85, Stien Kaiser is the 4th most famous Dutch Skater.  Her biography has been translated into 17 different languages.

Christina ("Stien") Wilhelmina Baas-Kaiser (born 20 May 1938) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands.She was not selected for the 1964 Winter Olympics because of her 'old age' (25 at that time) but later turned out to be the first Dutch female world class speed skater. In both 1965 and 1966, she won bronze at the World Allround Championships. After having become World Allround Champion twice (in 1967 and 1968) – and also winning her 3rd and 4th Dutch Allround Championships those years – she participated at the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble. Her two bronze medals – on the 1,500 m, behind Finnish skater Kaija Mustonen and Dutch compatriot Carry Geijssen, and on the 3,000 m behind compatriot Ans Schut and, once more, Kaija Mustonen – were a bit disappointing. Not she, but Geijssen (who not only won silver on the 1,500 m, but also gold on the 1,000 m) and Schut became the Dutch heroines of those Olympics.Although she was still a formidable competitor in the years that followed, Kaiser was slightly surpassed at major championships by Atje Keulen-Deelstra, who was the same age as Kaiser. In 1972, by then married and 33 years old, Baas-Kaiser was no longer really considered to be a favourite, especially not after her disappointing 11th place at the European Allround Championships. At the 1972 Winter Olympics in Sapporo, Baas-Kaiser originally was not meant to skate, but since fellow Dutch skater Trijnie Rep had disappointed on the 500 m (finishing 20th) and the 1,000 m (finishing 24th), Baas-Kaiser was given a chance on the 1,500 m and the 3,000 m. And she turned it into something beautiful: On the 1,500 m, she won silver behind Dianne Holum, but ahead of Atje Keulen-Deelstra, and on the 3,000 m two days later, she became Olympic Champion ahead of Holum and Keulen-Deelstra. She ended her skating career later that year with a silver medal at the World Allround Championships.Nationally, she won the allround titles in 1964, 1965, 1967–1969 and 1971, finished second in 1970 and 1972, and third in 1966. In 1967, she was chosen the Dutch Sportswoman of the Year. She is a niece of the Olympic speed skater Kees Broekman.

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5. Lara van Ruijven (1992 - 2020)

With an HPI of 52.00, Lara van Ruijven is the 5th most famous Dutch Skater.  Her biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Lara Victoria van Ruijven (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈlaːraː vɑn ˈrœyvən]; 28 December 1992 – 10 July 2020) was a Dutch short track speed skater. At the 2018 Winter Olympics, she was part of the Dutch 3000 metres relay team that won a bronze medal. She won gold at the World Championships one year later. By doing so, she became the first Dutch woman to win a world short track title at an individual event.

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6. Sven Kramer (1986 - )

With an HPI of 51.15, Sven Kramer is the 6th most famous Dutch Skater.  His biography has been translated into 39 different languages.

Sven Kramer (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌsfɛn ˈkraːmər]; born 23 April 1986) is a Dutch long track speed skater who has won an all time record nine World Allround Championships as well as a record ten European Allround Championships. He is the Olympic champion of the 5000 meters at the Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, and won a record 21 gold medals at the World Single Distance Championships; eight in the 5000 meters, five in the 10,000 meters, and eight in the team pursuit. Kramer is the current world record holder in the team pursuit (alongside Douwe de Vries and Marcel Bosker), and broke the world records in the 5000 meter and 10,000 meter events three times. By winning the 2010 World Allround Championship, Kramer became the first speed skater in history to win four consecutive world allround championships, and eight consecutive international allround championships. He was undefeated in the 18 international allround championships he participated in from the 2006/2007 season until the 2016/2017 season. From November 2007 to March 2009 he was ranked first in the Adelskalender, but despite his dominance as an all-round skater he has since been overtaken on that list by Shani Davis and, more recently, by his team mate Patrick Roest. On 27 March 2020 it was announced that Kramer extended his contract with the Jumbo-Visma speed skating team until the 2022 Winter Olympics.On 28 October 2021 it was announced that Sven was going to retire in 2022.

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7. Ireen Wüst (1986 - )

With an HPI of 51.01, Ireen Wüst is the 7th most famous Dutch Skater.  Her biography has been translated into 32 different languages.

Ireen Wüst (Dutch pronunciation: [iˈreːn ʋyst]; born 1 April 1986) is a Dutch long track allround speed skater. Wüst is the youngest Dutch Olympic gold medalist in the history of the Winter Games. At the age of nineteen, on 12 February 2006, she won the gold medal at the 2006 Winter Olympic Games 3000 metre event; four years later at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games she won the 1500 metre event; at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games she won two gold and three silver medals, making her the most decorated athlete at the Sochi Games. Following her most recent victory in the 1500 metres at the 2018 Winter Olympics she has won a record eleven Olympic medals, more than any other speed skater, making her the most successful athlete of the Netherlands at the Olympics. She is also a seven-time world allround champion, a fourteen-time world single distance champion, and a five-time European allround champion. In 2014, she was elected by Reuters as the Sportswoman of the World.

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8. Jan Bos (1975 - )

With an HPI of 47.89, Jan Bos is the 8th most famous Dutch Skater.  His biography has been translated into 23 different languages.

Jan Bos (born 29 March 1975) is a Dutch speedskater and sprint cyclist. In the late 1990s he was world champion in speed skating and he competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics.

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9. Bob de Jong (1976 - )

With an HPI of 47.78, Bob de Jong is the 9th most famous Dutch Skater.  His biography has been translated into 21 different languages.

Bob Johannes Carolus de Jong (born 13 November 1976) is a Dutch former speed skater who specialized in long distances: five and ten kilometers.

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10. Ids Postma (1973 - )

With an HPI of 47.59, Ids Postma is the 10th most famous Dutch Skater.  His biography has been translated into 16 different languages.

Ids Hylke Postma (born 28 December 1973) is a Dutch former speed skater. He is an Olympic gold medalist and former world champion. In 1993 Postma finished 2nd at the Speedskating World Championships for Juniors. In his first year as senior skater, he became Dutch Allround Champion, finished second behind Johann Olav Koss at the World Allround Championships, and came 4th in the European Championships, but nevertheless did not qualify for the Dutch Olympic team. In 1997 Postma won both the European Allround Championships and the World Allround Championships.His greatest success came in 1998 when he became World Allround Champion again, also setting a world record in the point-sum combination, and won two Olympic medals at the Olympic Games in Nagano. He won the 1,000 meters event and placed second at his specialty, the 1,500 meters, just behind Ådne Søndrål from Norway. Also in 1998, he was the first skater who skated an official world record on the 1,500 meters below 1:50.00: Postma did this in Berlin. Erben Wennemars had done the same the summer before, but that time was not ratified by the International Skating Union. Postma's record did not last long, because a few hours later Kevin Overland skated to a new record in Calgary.Postma is also a three-time World Champion in the World Single Distance Championships. He won the 5,000 meters in 1996 and the 1,500 meters in 1999 and 2000. In October 2004 Postma announced his retirement and nowadays he lives on his farm in Deersum. He married German speed skater Anni Friesinger on 11 August 2009 in Salzburg. The couple will not live together on the farm until renovations are complete. In August 2011, she gave birth to a daughter. He previously had a relationship with Renske Vellinga, until she died in a car crash in 1994.

Pantheon has 36 people classified as skaters born between 1938 and 1997. Of these 36, 34 (94.44%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living skaters include Sjoukje Dijkstra, Ard Schenk, and Kees Verkerk. The most famous deceased skaters include Lara van Ruijven and Paulien van Deutekom. As of October 2020, 6 new skaters have been added to Pantheon including Kees Verkerk, Lara van Ruijven, and Ids Postma.

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