Stefan Groothuis

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Stefan Groothuis
Stefan Groothuis (2009-01-04).jpg
Groothuis in 2009
Personal information
Born (1981-11-23) November 23, 1981 (age 32)
Empe, Netherlands
Height 181 cm (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Website www.stefangroothuis.nl
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 2003

Stefan Groothuis (born November 23, 1981) is a Dutch speed skater. He is the World Sprint Champion for 2012 and the gold medal winner in the 1000 metres at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[2]

Groothuis, a specialist in the middle distances (1000 and 1500 metres), had his international breakthrough in 2005. In that year he reached a second spot during the Speed Skating World Cup meeting in Salt Lake City competing in the 1000 metres. This earned him a nomination for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. During the Dutch Single Distance Championships in December 2005, he switched this nomination into a qualification by placing fourth behind Jan Bos, Erben Wennemars, and Beorn Nijenhuis, who all qualified as well.

In January, 2006, Groothuis surprisingly became the Dutch national sprint champion, finishing first in two 500 metres and two 1000 metres races, outsprinting common names like Gerard van Velde, Nijenhuis, and Wennemars. A month later at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Groothuis would finish in eighth position in the 1000 metres. His time of 1:09.57 was 0.68 behind the winner Shani Davis.

At the 2012 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Groothuis won the gold medal. His point total of 136.810 broke the world record for the sprint combination held by Jeremy Wotherspoon.

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Mens's speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 34.55 January 21, 2012 Salt Lake City
1000 m 1:06.96 January 29, 2012 Calgary
1500 m 1:43.48 December 4, 2009 Calgary
3000 m 3.53.72 March 16, 2001 Calgary
5000 m 6:54.59 March 20, 2002 Calgary
10000 m 14:41.70 March 21, 2002 Calgary

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[3]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2001, 6th, Junior World Championships
  • 2002, 6th, 1000 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2002, 7th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2003, 4th, 1000 metres and 8th, 500 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2003, 6th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2004, 6th, 500 metres and 9th, 1000 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2004, 8th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2005, 5th, 1500 metres; 6th, 500 metres; and 7th, 1000 metres; Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2005, 4th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2006, 4th, 1000 metres and 8th, 1500 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2006, 1st, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2006, 8th, 1000 metres, 2006 Winter Olympics
  • 2006, 9th, 1000 metres, World Cup
  • 2007, 2nd, 1000 metres; 6th, 500 metres; and 8th, 1500 metres; Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2014, 1st, 1000 metres, 2014 Winter Olympics

Source: www.sskating.com[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stefan Groothuis". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Groothuis pakt prachtige gouden medaille op 1000 meter, Mulder brons". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Stefan Groothuis". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Stefan Groothuis". www.sskating.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
Awards
Preceded by
Netherlands Bob de Jong
Ard Schenk Award
2012
Succeeded by
incumbent