Heather Bergsma

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Heather Bergsma
WSDSSC Kolomna 2016 - Richardson-Bergsma.JPG
2016 WSD Speed Skating Championships
Personal information
Birth name Heather Richardson
Born (1989-03-20) March 20, 1989 (age 28)
High Point, North Carolina
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight 149 lb (68 kg)
Spouse(s) Jorrit Bergsma
Sport
Country  United States
Sport Speed skating

Heather Bergsma (née Richardson; born March 20, 1989) is an American speed skater who has competed since 2006. She is a native of North Carolina. She represented the United States at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, where she finished 6th in 500 metres, 9th in the 1000 metres, and 16th in the 1500 metres.[1] At the 2011 World Single Distance Championships in Inzell, Germany, she won a bronze medal in the 1000 metres.[2] She also placed 8th in the 500 metres,[3] and was part of the team pursuit team that finished in 8th place.[4] On January 26–27, 2013, Richardson won the gold medal at the 2013 World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, United States.[5] She has since won several world championship medals,[6] and earned numerous podium placings in the World Cup.[7]

Richardson is the current world record holder in the 2 x 500 meters[8] and the 1500 metres,[9] as well as the current American record holder on the 500 metres distance.[10] She also briefly held the 1000 metres world record in November 2015,[11] and the sprint combination world record from 2013 to 2017.[12]

Richardson married Dutch speed skater and marathon skater Jorrit Bergsma in May 2015, and competed as Heather Richardson-Bergsma the following season.[13]

Speed skating[edit]

Records[edit]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[13]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 36.90 November 16, 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current American record.[10]
2 x 500 m 74.190 December 28, 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[8]
1000 m 1:12.28 February 26, 2017 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:50.85 November 21, 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[9]
3000 m 4:05.00 March 7, 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 7:20.27 March 8, 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary

World records[edit]

World records[14]
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
2 x 500 m 74.190 December 28, 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[8]
1000 m 1:12.51 November 14, 2015 Olympic Oval, Calgary World record until beaten by Brittany Bowe on November 22, 2015.[11]
1500 m 1:50.85 November 15, 2015 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record.[9]
Sprint comb. 147.735 January 19–20, 2013 Olympic Oval, Calgary World record until beaten by Nao Kodaira on February 25–26, 2017.[12]

Results timeline[edit]

Season World Sprint World SD World Cup Olympic Games
2007–08 25th Did not
participate
53rd 500 m
NC 1000 m
Not held
2008–09 20th 16th 2x500 m
15th 1000 m
NC 100 m
28th 500 m
22nd 1000 m
NC 1500 m
2009–10 Did not
participate
Not held 9th 500 m
9th 1000 m
6th 2x500 m
9th 1000 m
16th 1500 m
2010–11 4th 6th 2x500 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1000 m
8th team pursuit
4th 500 m
1st, gold medalist(s) 1000 m
14th 1500 m
Not held
2011–12 6th 4th 2x500 m
4th 1000 m
8th team pursuit
9th 500 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1000 m
21st 1500 m
2012–13 1st, gold medalist(s) 8th 2x500 m
6th 1000 m
5th 500 m
1st, gold medalist(s) 1000 m
33rd 1500 m
2013–14 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Not held 2nd, silver medalist(s) 500 m
1st, gold medalist(s) 1000 m
17th 1500 m
1st GWC
8th 2x500 m
7th 1000 m
7th 1500 m
6th team pursuit
2014–15 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 2x500 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1000 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1500 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 500 m
5th 1000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
30th 3k/5k
18th mass start
1st GWC
Not held
2015–16 2nd, silver medalist(s) 5th 2x500 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
13th mass start
Note: NC = No classification.

[6][7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Heather Richardson". Sports Reference, LLC. Retrieved September 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ESSENT ISU WORLD DISTANCES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 – Result 1000m Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 12 2011 12:48PM". International Skating Union. March 12, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  3. ^ "ESSENT ISU WORLD DISTANCES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 – Result 500m Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 13 2011 1:43PM". International Skating Union. March 13, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ "ESSENT ISU WORLD DISTANCES CHAMPIONSHIPS 2011 – Result Team Pursuit Ladies – Rankings as of Mar 13 2011 4:20PM". International Skating Union. March 13, 2011. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Essent ISU World Sprint Championships 2013 – Classification Ladies – Rankings as of Jan 27 2013 3:58PM". International Skating Union. January 27, 2013. Retrieved July 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ a b "Heather Richardson". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Heather Richardson". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c "Evolution of the world record 2x500 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 
  9. ^ a b c "World Records". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved February 10, 2016. 
  10. ^ a b "National Records – United States (USA)". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Evolution of the world record 1000 meters Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved November 22, 2015. 
  12. ^ a b "Evolution of the world record Sprint combination Women". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b "Heather Bergsma". www.speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved April 28, 2017. 
  14. ^ "Heather Richardson". www.speedskatingstats.com. Retrieved January 11, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Records
Preceded by
China Yu Jing
Women's sprint combination speed skating world record
January 20, 2013 – February 26, 2017
Succeeded by
Japan Nao Kodaira
Preceded by
Germany Jenny Wolf
Women's 2 x 500 m speed skating world record
December 28, 2013 – present
Succeeded by
Current holder
Preceded by
United States Brittany Bowe
Women's 1000 m speed skating world record
November 14, 2015 – November 22, 2015
Succeeded by
United States Brittany Bowe
Preceded by
United States Brittany Bowe
Women's 1500 m speed skating world record
November 21, 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Current holder