8 March 1967 |
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||71 kg (157 lb)|
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.
Kemkers retired from international competition in 1990 and became a coach.
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".
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- 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)
- Gerard Kemkers. sports-reference.com
- "Lee wins gold; Kramer DQed for not switching lanes". ESPN. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010.
- "Gerard Kemkers". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
- Gerard Kemkers at SpeedSkatingStats.com
- Photos of Gerard Kemkers
- "Gerard Kemkers". SpeedskatingResults.com. Retrieved 29 August 2012.
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