Rintje Ritsma

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Rintje Ritsma
Rintje Ritsma (2006).jpg
Rintje Ritsma in 2006
Personal information
Nickname(s) Beer van Lemmer
Born (1970-04-13) April 13, 1970 (age 44)
Lemmer, Netherlands
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 93 kg (205 lb; 14.6 st)
Website www.rintjeritsma.nl
Sport
Country  Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1988
Retired 2008

Robert Rintje Ritsma (born April 13, 1970 in Lemmer)[1] is a former Dutch long track speed skater. His nickname is the Beer van Lemmer, which translates to the Bear from Lemmer, analogous to Igor Zhelezovski's nickname "The Bear from Minsk", both of which are in reference to their imposing physical appearance.

Speed skating career[edit]

He has won the World Allround Championships 4 times. He won this title in 1995, 1996,1999 and 2001; he was second in 1998 and 2003; he was third in 1993, 1994 and 2000.

He has won the European Allround Championships a record 6 times: 1994-1996 and 1998-2000.

He participated in five Winter Olympics, winning two silver and four bronze medals, from the 1994, 1998 and 2006 Games.

He also stood at the top of the alltime world ranking, the Adelskalender, for a long time (1,125 days in total).

Records[edit]

World records[edit]

Over the course of his career, Ritsma skated 4 world records:

Distance Time Date Location
1500 m 1:51.60 January 8, 1994 Norway
Hamar
Big combination 156.201 January 9, 1994 Norway
Hamar
1500 m 1:48.88 December 20, 1997 Netherlands
Heerenveen
Big combination 152.651 February 7, 1999 Norway
Hamar

Source: SpeedSkatingStats.com[2]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 35.90 February 20, 1999 Norway
Hamar
1,000 m 1:10.19 February 20, 1999 Norway
Hamar
1,500 m 1:45.86 February 19, 2002 Norway
Hamar
3,000 m 3:49.29 March 11, 2004 Netherlands
Heerenveen
5,000 m 6:20.26 November 19, 2005 United States
Salt Lake City
10,000 m 13:28.19 February 17, 1998 Norway
Hamar

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[3]

Ritsma at the 2003 Dutch Championships in Eindhoven

Medals[edit]

Championship
Dutch Distances 11 5 3
Dutch Allround 2 4 3
Dutch Allround (distances) 7 12 7
European Allround 6 2 2
European Allround (distances) 12 8 8
Winter Olympics 0 2 4
World Cup 6 0 4
World Cup (distance) 29 20 14
World Single Distance 2 2 1
World Allround 4 2 3
World Allround (distance) 3 8 6
World Junior Allround 0 1 0
World Junior Allround (distance) 0 2 0
Total 82 68 55

Source: SchaatsStatistieken.nl[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official website Rintje Ritsma
  2. ^ "Rintje Ritsma". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rintje Ritsma". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 28 February 2012. 
  4. ^ "Rintje Ritsma (NED)" (in dutch). SchaatsStatistieken.nl. Retrieved 25 August 2012. 
Awards
Preceded by
Norway Ådne Søndrål
Oscar Mathisen Award
1999
Succeeded by
Netherlands Gianni Romme
Preceded by
Netherlands Falko Zandstra
Ard Schenk Award
1994
Succeeded by
Netherlands Annamarie Thomas
Preceded by
Netherlands Annamarie Thomas
Ard Schenk Award
1996
Succeeded by
Netherlands Ids Postma
Preceded by
Netherlands Marianne Timmer
Ard Schenk Award
1999
Succeeded by
Netherlands Gianni Romme