Gerard Kemkers

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Gerard Kemkers
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Personal information
Born (1967-03-08) 8 March 1967 (age 47)
Groningen, Netherlands
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Retired 1990

Gerard Kemkers (born 8 March 1967) is a former speed skater from the Netherlands, who represented his native country at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Canada. There he won the bronze medal in the 5000 metres.[1]

Kemkers retired from international competition in 1990 and became a coach.[1]

During the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy, he coached Ireen Wüst to two medals: 3000 m gold and 1500 m bronze, and Sven Kramer to a silver medal on the 5000 m.[1]

During the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver he successfully coached Sven Kramer to the gold medal at the 5000 m and Ireen Wüst to the gold medal on the 1500 m. During Kramer's 10 km race, Kemkers made a mistake and guided Kramer to the wrong lane. Kramer finished first, with a time of 12:54.50 (even though he skated an extra lap in the outer lane) but was disqualified for failing to change lanes. As a result, Lee Seung-hoon won gold with a new Olympic record, 12:58.55. Kramer later said, "At the end of the day, it is my responsibility. I am the skater on the ice, I have to do it".[2]

World record[edit]

Event Time Date Venue
Small combination 160.454 17 March 1990 Germany Inzell

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[3]

Personal bests:[1]

  • 500 m – 38.30 (1988)
  • 1000 m – 1:15.85 (1990)
  • 1500 m – 1:56.13 (1990)
  • 5000 m – 6:45.92 (1988)
  • 10000 m – 14:03.90 (1988)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Gerard Kemkers. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ "Lee wins gold; Kramer DQed for not switching lanes". ESPN. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Gerard Kemkers". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.