Sjoukje Dijkstra

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Sjoukje Dijkstra
Sjoukje Dijkstra c1965.jpg
Sjoukje Dijkstra in 1960
Personal information
Full name Sjoukje Rosalinde Dijkstra
Country represented Netherlands
Born (1942-01-28) 28 January 1942 (age 73)
Akkrum, Netherlands
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Former coach Arnold Gerschwiler

Sjoukje Rosalinde Dijkstra (Dutch pronunciation: [ˌʃʌukjə ˈdɛikstra], born 28 January 1942) is a Dutch figure skater. She is the 1964 Olympic champion in ladies' singles, the 1960 Olympic silver medalist, a three-time World champion (1962–1964), five-time European champion (1960–1964), and the six-time Dutch national champion (1959–1964).[1]


Dijkstra became the dominant ladies' single skater following the retirement of Carol Heiss in 1960, who took gold medals in Winter Olympics and World Championships that year to Dijkstra's silver medals in both competitions. Dijkstra won all the World and European Championships held between 1961 and 1964 (1961 World Championships was cancelled after Sabena Flight 548 Crash). Her win at the 1964 Winter Olympics was the first gold for the Netherlands at the Winter Olympics.[2] She is the last person to have won Olympic gold medal after winning a silver or bronze medal in a prior Olympic in Ladies Figure Skating. After 1964, she turned professional and toured with Holiday On Ice from 1964 to 1972.[1] She became the advisor to the figure skating section of the Dutch Skating Federation in 1985.

In 2005, she was awarded the Fanny Blankers-Koen Trophy, for her contributions to Dutch sports.

On January 9, 2014, she was inducted into the International Figure Skating Hall of Fame, at Boston, Massachusetts, USA, at the U. S. Nationals competition.

During her competitive career, Dijkstra trained in Richmond, London with Arnold Gerschwiler. While her main strength was compulsory figures, she was also a very powerful and athletic free skater who could perform high-quality double axels and flying spins, and who skated with easy movement and strong flow.[3][4] At 1.68 metres, she was fairly tall for a skater, and one magazine article noted that "she is much more slender in person than she appears on the ice".[3]

Personal life[edit]

Dijkstra is the daughter of Lou Dijkstra, a speedskater who competed in the 1936 Winter Olympics.[1]


Olympics, world and European championships
Event 1953-54 1954-55 1955-56 1956-57 1957-58 1958-59 1959-60 1960-61 1961-62 1962-63 1963-64
Olympics 12th 2nd 1st
World 21st 16th 12th 16th 3rd 2nd 1st 1st 1st
European 19th 7th 6th 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
Other International
Richmond Trophy 2nd 3rd 1st 1st 1st
National championships
National 3rd 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st


  1. ^ a b c d "Sjoukje Dijkstra". 
  2. ^ "Netherlands: Olympic Tradition". NBC. 
  3. ^ a b "Europe's World Champions... 1962", Skating magazine, June 1962 
  4. ^ "Lady Champion of the World", Skating magazine, June 1963 
  5. ^ "World Figure Skating Championships Results: Ladies Medalists" (PDF). International Skating Union. 
  6. ^ "European Figure Skating Championships Results: Ladies Medalists" (PDF). International Skating Union. 
Preceded by
Gerrit Schulte
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
1959 to 1964
Succeeded by
Ada Kok