Jeroen Straathof

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Jeroen Straathof
Personal information
Born (1972-11-18) November 18, 1972 (age 42)
Zoeterwoude, Netherlands
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1992
Retired 2004

Johannes Nicolaas Maria ("Jeroen") Straathof (born 18 November 1972 in Zoeterwoude) is a retired Dutch racing cyclist and speed skater. Straathof was the first, and still the only, athlete in the world to represent his country at the Summer Olympics, the Winter Olympics and the Paralympics.

Straathof started his sports career as a speed skater, becoming World Junior Champion in Warsaw 1992.[1] His best distance was the 1500 metres, and as the longest distances were his worst he only participated in one international all-round championship in his career. He made his Olympic debut at the 1994 Winter Olympics held in Lillehammer. He was qualified for the 1500 metres and placed 9th. In 1996 the World Single Distance Championships were introduced, and Straathof became the first World Champion over 1500 metres. He was never able to equal this performance or come close to winning another medal, and he made a switch to track cycling.

As pilot at the tandem he teamed up with visually handicapped cyclist Jan Mulder. In 1998 they took part in the World Championships and won the silver medal. At the 1999 European Championships they won the gold, and a year later they were acclaimed 2000 Summer Paralympics champions.

Straathof decided to make another switch, and became part of the Dutch Team Pursuit team that qualified for the 2002 World Championships, where they placed seventh. A year later they placed 9th, and in 2004 they improved their ranking to the fourth position. The team, composed of Straathof, Jens Mouris, Peter Schep and Levi Heimans, also qualified for the 2004 Summer Olympics where they came in fifth. After those Olympics Straathof ended his professional sports career.

Finally, Straathof is one of the few athletes who have competed in both the Summer and Winter Olympic games.[2]

Speed skating[edit]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 36.26 March 19, 2000 Canada
1000 m 1:10.76 March 18, 2000 Canada
1500 m 1:47.76 February 19, 1999 Canada
3000 m 3:51.87 August 15, 1998 Canada
5000 m 6:53.82 December 4, 1994 Netherlands
10000 m 14:48.80 December 29, 1993 Netherlands


year Dutch Distance Dutch Sprint Olympische Spelen
World Distance World Allround World Sprint World Juniors
1992 1st
1993 3rd 1500m
1994 9th 1500m - -
1995 3rd 1500m 13th -
1996 2nd 1500m 1st 1500m - -
1997 5th 1500m - -
1998 - 7th 1500m - -
1999 2nd 1500m - - -
2000 3rd 1500m - - -
2001 3rd 500m
3rd 1000m
3rd 15th 1500m - 38th
- = No partition



Track cycling (pilot at the tandem), 4 km pursuit

  • World championships 1998: Silver medal
  • European championships 1999: European champion
  • Paralympic game Sydney 2000: Paralympic champion [3]

Track Cycling, 4 km team pursuit

  • World championships 2002: 7th
  • World championships 2003: 9th
  • World championships 2004: 4th
  • Olympic games Athene 2004: 5th [4]


  1. ^ "Uitslagen WK Junioren Heren" (in Dutch). Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Jeroen Straathof". Sports Reference. Retrieved 20 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Sydney 2000 Paralympic Games Cycling (Track) Men's Individual Pursuit Tandem open". Retrieved 26 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Netherlands Cycling at the 2004 Athina Summer Games". Retrieved 26 February 2012.