Ids Postma

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Ids Postma
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Personal information
Born (1973-12-28) 28 December 1973 (age 41)
Dearsum, Netherlands
Spouse(s) Anni Friesinger-Postma (2009)
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1993
Retired 2004

Ids Hylke Postma (born 28 December 1973 in Dearsum) is a Dutch former speed skater. He is an Olympic gold medalist[1] and former world champion.

To some it would seem that Ids Postma made his debut in 1994, but the season before he had already 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.[2]

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.[2] Erben Wennemars had done the same the summer before, but that time was not ratified by the International Skating Union.[2] Postma's record did not last long, because a few hours later Kevin Overland skated to a new record in Calgary.[2]

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[3] 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.[4] In August 2011, she gave birth to a daughter. [5] He previously had a relationship with Renske Vellinga, until she died in a car crash in 1994.


Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500m 35.99 United States
Salt Lake City
1,000m 1:09.15 United States
Salt Lake City
1,500m 1:45.41 United States
Salt Lake City
3,000m 3:58.53 Germany
5,000m 6:32.92 Canada
10,000m 13:45.91 Netherlands

Source:[6] &[7]

World records[edit]

Event Time Date Venue
1500 m 1.49,81 November 29, 1997 Germany Berlijn
Big combination 153.367 March 15, 1998 Netherlands Heerenveen



  1. ^ a b c "THE XVIII WINTER GAMES; The Women and Men Who Reached the Top Three Steps". The New York Times. 23 February 1998. p. C8. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Bjarte Hetland (28 November 2005). "Ids Postma". Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Postma zit in de wachtkamer". Friesch Dagblad. 29 September 2004. 
  4. ^ "Anni Friesinger en Ids Postma getrouwd". 13 August 2009. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  5. ^ "Eisschnellläuferin Anni Friesinger-Postma bekommt Baby in Meppen". 14 August 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ids Postma Personal best". Retrieved 23 March 2010. 
  7. ^ "Ids Postma". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  8. ^ "Ids Postma". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
Preceded by
Netherlands Rintje Ritsma
Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Netherlands Marianne Timmer


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