Yvonne van Gennip

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Yvonne van Gennip
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Yvonne van Gennip (1987)
Personal information
Born (1964-05-01) 1 May 1964 (age 50)
Haarlem, Netherlands
Height 1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)
Website www.yvonnevangennip.nl
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Club IJsclub Haarlem
Turned pro 1983

Yvonne Maria Therèse van Gennip (born 1 May 1964 in Haarlem) is one of the most successful female Dutch all-round speed skaters. Her main success dates from the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, where she unexpectedly won three gold medals. She was the most successful athlete at the 1988 Winter Olympics, along with Matti Nykänen of Finland.[1]

After she had injured her foot, and had surgery less than two months before the games, the East German women were heavily favoured to win the distances over 500 meters. But van Gennip smashed the world record by almost 5 seconds to win the 3000 metres, beat her personal record by almost 4 seconds to win the 1500 metres, and was almost 7 seconds faster than her own world record time to win the 5000 metres as well.

Van Gennip participated in the 1984 Winter Olympics in Sarajevo and in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville as well, but did not win a medal. She won a silver medal in the 1988 world championships, and bronze medals in the 1987 and 1989 world championships.

Records[edit]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[2]
Women's speed skating
Distance Time Date Location Notes
500 m 41.54 19 March 1987 Thialf, Heerenveen
1000 m 1:21.21 12 February 1989 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 2:00.68 27 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary
3000 m 4:11.94 23 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:14.13 28 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary
10000 m 15:25.25 19 March 1988 Thialf, Heerenveen

World records[edit]

Distance Time Date Location
3000 m 4:16.85 19 March 1987 Thialf, Heerenveen
5000 m 7:20.35 20 March 1987 Thialf, Heerenveen
3000 m 4:11.94 23 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:14.13 28 February 1988 Olympic Oval, Calgary

Achievements[edit]

Yvonne van Gennip at the World Sprint Championships in 1982; start of 500 m
Olympic Games
1500 m 11th Sarajevo YUG 9 Feb 1984
1000 m 6th Sarajevo YUG 13 Feb 1984
3000 m 5th Sarajevo YUG 15 Feb 1984
3000 m Gold Calgary CAN 23 Feb 1988
1500 m Gold Calgary CAN 27 Feb 1988
5000 m Gold Calgary CAN 28 Feb 1988
1500 m NF Albertville FRA 12 Feb 1992
3000 m 6th Albertville FRA 9 Feb 1992
5000 m NS Albertville FRA 17 Feb 1992
World Allround Championships
1984 12th Deventer NED 29 Jan. 1984
1985 4th Sarajevo YUG 10 Feb. 1985
1986 4th The Hague NED 9 Feb. 1986
1987 Bronze West Allis U.S. 8 Feb. 1987
1988 Silver Skien NOR 13 Mar. 1988
1989 Bronze Lake Placid U.S. 5 Feb. 1989
1991 5th Hamar NOR 3 Feb. 1991
World Sprint Championships
1982 4th Alkmaar NED 7 Feb. 1982
1983 25th Helsinki FIN 27 Feb. 1983
1984 14th Trondheim NOR 4 Mar. 1984
1987 10th Sainte Foy CAN 1 Feb. 1987
European Allround Championships
1984 11th Medeo URS 15 Jan. 1984
1985 Silver Groningen NED 13 Jan. 1985
1986 Silver Geithus NOR 12 Jan. 1986
1987 Silver Groningen NED 18 Jan. 1987
1988 Bronze Kongsberg NOR 17 Jan. 1988
1989 5th West Berlin 15 Jan. 1989
1991 Bronze Sarajevo YUG 20 Jan. 1991
1992 4th Heerenveen NED 19 Jan. 1992
World Junior Allround Championships
1981 Bronze Elverum NOR 1 Mar. 1981
1982 Silver Innsbruck AUT 28 Feb. 1982

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yvonne van Gennip. Sports Reference
  2. ^ "Yvonne van Gennip". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Irene de Kok
Dutch Sportswoman of the Year
1988
Succeeded by
Elly van Hulst