Bart Veldkamp

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Bart Veldkamp
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Bart Veldkamp
Personal information
Nationality Belgian
Born (1967-11-22) 22 November 1967 (age 50)
The Hague, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)
Country  Netherlands (1989–1995)
 Belgium (1995–2006)
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1989
Coached by Ad Krook
Hans Veldkamp
Retired 2006
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 37.55 (2000)
1000 m: 1:12.80 (2005)
1500 m: 1:49.00 (2001)
3000 m: 3:47.56
5000 m: 6:23.64 (2001)
10 000 m: 13:27.48 (2002)

Bart Veldkamp (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈbɑrt ˈfɛltkɑmp];[1] born 22 November 1967) is a retired speed skater, who represented the Netherlands and later Belgium in international competitions, including the Winter Olympics. He currently is the national speed skating coach of Belgium.

Speed skating[edit]

In 1990, Bart Veldkamp won the European Allround Championships and came very close to repeating that feat 11 years later in 2001, finishing 2nd. At the 1992 Winter Olympics, he won a gold medal on the 10,000 m. Mainly due to this achievement, Veldkamp was named Dutch Sportsman of the Year in 1992. Before the 1994 Winter Olympics, he was dissatisfied with the qualifying procedures for tournaments and became a Belgian. In Belgium there was (and still is) no speed skating tradition, so qualifying for tournaments became easy because there were no other speed skaters to compete with.

In Lillehammer at the 1994 Winter Olympics, Veldkamp won a bronze medal on the 10,000 m for the Netherlands. The next Olympic medal he won was as a Belgian at the 1998 Winter Olympics on the 5,000 m, in which he became the first skater ever to break the 6:30 barrier on that distance, but his time was beaten later that same day by former compatriots Rintje Ritsma and Gianni Romme. His bronze medal was the first ever Olympic medal in speed skating for Belgium.

In 1997, Veldkamp participated in the Elfstedentocht. In 2003, he announced that the 2006 Winter Olympics at Turin would be his third Winter Olympics as a Belgian, his fifth overall, and definitely his last. At these 2006 Winter Olympics, Veldkamp finished 13th on the 5,000 m and 14th on the 10,000 m and ended his career afterwards.

Commentary and coaching[edit]

After his career Veldkamp became a sports commentator for the NOS to analyze speed skating races. He also appeared on several other TV shows such as Peking Express and Wildebeesten.

In the 2006/2007 winter season Veldkamp trained four Kenyan athletes, for the first time ever on ice, for a Dutch TV show. The goal was to let them skate the 200 km long alternative Elfstedentocht at the Weissensee in Austria.

He currently is the national speed skating coach of Belgium.


An overview of medals won by Veldkamp at important championships, listing the years in which he won each medal:

Championships Gold medal Silver medal Bronze medal
Winter Olympics 1992 (10,000 m) 1994 (10,000 m)
1998 (5,000 m)
World Allround 1990
World Single Distance 1996 (10,000 m)
1999 (5,000 m)
1998 (5,000 m)
European Allround 1990 2001 1991
Dutch Allround 1991
Dutch Single Distance 1991 (5,000 m)
1991 (10,000 m)
1992 (5,000 m)
1992 (10,000 m)
1990 (10,000 m)
1991 (1,500 m)
1993 (10,000 m)
1988 (5,000 m)
1990 (5,000 m)
1993 (5,000 m)
1994 (5,000 m)


World records[edit]

Veldkamp skated two world records:

Event Time Date Venue
3000 m 3.48,91 20 March 1998 Calgary


Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 37.55 2000-01-15 Hamar
1,000 m 1:12.80 2005-11-20 Salt Lake City
1,500 m 1:49.00 2001-03-04 Calgary
3,000 m 3:47.56 2006-02-05 Turin
5,000 m 6:23.64 2001-03-02 Calgary
10,000 m 13:27.48 2002-02-22 Salt Lake City


By 12 January 2014, Veldkamp was placed 107th with a score of 152.621 points on the Adelskalender, the rankinglist of all-time personal bests.[4] His highest ranking ever on the Adelskalender was a 5th place.


  1. ^ Surname in isolation: [ˈvɛltkɑmp].
  2. ^ "Bart Veldkamp". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Bart Veldkamp". Retrieved 29 August 2012. 
  4. ^ Adelskalender

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Jelmer Beulenkamp
Men's 3,000 m speed skating world record
21 March 1998 – 19 March 1999
Succeeded by
Steven Elm
New award Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Dries van Wijhe
Preceded by
Arnold Vanderlyde
Edwin Jongejans
Dutch Sportsman of the Year
Succeeded by
Falko Zandstra