22 November 1967 |
The Hague, Netherlands
Bart Veldkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [bɑrt ˈvɛltkɑmp]; born 22 November 1967) is a retired speed skater, who represented both the Netherlands and Belgium in international competitions, including the Winter Olympics. He currently is the national speed skating coach of Belgium.
In 1990, Bart Veldkamp won the European Allround Championships and came very close to repeating that feat 11 years later in 2001, finishing 2nd. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, he won a gold medal on the 10,000 m. Mainly due to this achievement, Veldkamp was named Dutch Sportsman of the Year in 1992. Before the 1994 Winter Olympics, he was so dissatisfied with the way to qualify for tournaments that he became a Belgian. In Belgium there was (and still is) no speed skating tradition, so qualifying for tournaments became no issue because there were no other speed skaters to compete with.
In Lillehammer at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Veldkamp won a bronze medal on the 10,000 m for the Netherlands. The next Olympic medal he won was as a Belgian at the 1998 Winter Olympics on the 5,000 m, in which he was the first skater ever to break the 6:30 barrier on that distance, but his time was beaten later that same day by former compatriots Rintje Ritsma and Gianni Romme. His bronze medal was the first ever Olympic medal in speed skating for Belgium.
In 1997, Veldkamp participated in the Elfstedentocht. In 2003, he announced that the 2006 Winter Olympics at Turin would be his third Winter Olympics as a Belgian, his fifth overall, and definitely his last. At these 2006 Winter Olympics, Veldkamp finished 13th on the 5,000 m and 14th on the 10,000 m and ended his career afterwards.
Commentary and coaching
In the 2006/2007 winter season Veldkamp trained four Kenyan athletes, for the first time ever on ice, for a Dutch TV show. The goal was to let them skate the 200 km long alternative Elfstedentocht at the Weissensee in Austria.
He currently is the national speed skating coach of Belgium.
An overview of medals won by Veldkamp at important championships he participated in, listing the years in which he won each:
|Championships||Gold medal||Silver medal||Bronze medal|
|Winter Olympics||1992 (10,000 m)||1994 (10,000 m)
1998 (5,000 m)
|World Single Distance||1999 (5,000 m)||1998 (5,000 m)|
|Dutch Single Distance||1991 (5,000 m)
1991 (10,000 m)
1992 (5,000 m)
1992 (10,000 m)
|1990 (10,000 m)
1991 (1,500 m)
1993 (10,000 m)
|1988 (5,000 m)
1990 (5,000 m)
1993 (5,000 m)
1994 (5,000 m)
Over the course of his career, Veldkamp skated two world records:
|3000 m||3.48,91||March 20, 1998||Calgary|
|Men's Speed skating|
|1,000 m||1:12.80||2005-11-20||Salt Lake City|
|10,000 m||13:27.48||2002-02-22||Salt Lake City|
By 12 January 2014, Veldkamp was placed 107th with a score of 152.621 points on the Adelskalender, the rankinglist of all-time personal bests. His highest ranking ever on the Adelskalender was a 5th place.
- Bart Veldkamp at SpeedSkatingStats.com
- Personal records from The Skatebase
- 2005/2006 season best performances
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|Men's 3,000 m speed skating world record
21 March 1998 – 19 March 1999
|New award||Ard Schenk Award
Dries van Wijhe
|Dutch Sportsman of the Year