Jan Blokhuijsen

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Jan Blokhuijsen
Personal information
Born (1989-04-01) 1 April 1989 (age 29)
Zuid-Scharwoude, Netherlands
Height1.84 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight81 kg (179 lb)
Country Netherlands
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro2007

Jan Blokhuijsen (Dutch pronunciation: [jɑn ˈblɔkɦœysən]; born 1 April 1989) is an Olympic award-winning Dutch long-track speed skater who until 2013 skated for the commercial TVM ploeg [nl].[1]


He currently holds the world record in the team pursuit discipline, along with teammates Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij. At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, he won a silver medal in the Men's 5000 m competition. At the 2014 European allround championships in Hamar, Blokhuijsen won his first European title. [2]

In 2007, he got his VWO degree at school. After a successful period in skating and inline skating (in which he won several Dutch and European titles at the junior categories and a second place at the world championships in Korea) he decided to focus only on speedskating. In February 2008, he won the Dutch Allround Speed Skating Championships junior title at the ice rink of Groningen. Later in the same month, he became world champion at the junior world championships speedskating, where he finished in front of his teammates Koen Verweij and Berden de Vries. Together with them he also won the world title at the team pursuit.


After the team pursuit event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, Blokhuijsen made a comment during a press conference to the host South Koreans to "treat dogs better in this country", criticizing dog meat consumption in the host nation.[3] Many South Koreans perceived his comment was disrespectful, claiming it was racist and ignorant of Korean culture and the declining dog meat custom in the country.[4][5][6][7] He later gave an apology for this comment on Twitter, which he deleted later.

Personal records[edit]

Personal records[8]
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 35:59 12 February 2011 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1000 m 1:10.12 22 March 2009 Olympic Oval, Calgary
1500 m 1:43.78 13 February 2011 Olympic Oval, Calgary
3000 m 3:41.32 18 March 2009 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 6:11.91 10 November 2013 Olympic Oval, Calgary
10000 m 12:57.58 28 December 2013 Thialf, Heerenveen
Team pursuit 3:35.60 16 November 2013 Utah Olympic Oval, Salt Lake City Current world record (with Sven Kramer and Koen Verweij)

He is currently in 10th position in the adelskalender with 146.253 points.[9]

Tournament summary[edit]

Year Dutch Allround European Allround World Allround World Distance Olympics World Juniors
2007/08 8th 1st, gold medalist(s)
2008/09 8th
2009/10 5th 5th 9th 5000 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Pursuit
2010/11 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) Pursuit
2011/12 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) Pursuit
2012/13 2nd, silver medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 11th 1st, gold medalist(s) Pursuit
2013/14 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) Pursuit
2nd, silver medalist(s) 5000m
2014/15 9th
2015/16 1st, gold medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) Pursuit
2016/17 1st, gold medalist(s) 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) Pursuit

Source: SchaatsStatistieken.nl[10]

His best individual performances in the World Cup are three 5000 metres 2nd places, while he has finished 14 times on the first spot in the team pursuit.[11]


  1. ^ "Home - Jan Blokhuijsen - XpeditionGold".
  2. ^ "Essent ISU European Speed Skating Championships 2014 – Classification Men – Rankings as of Jan 12 2014 5:00PM". International Skating Union. 12 January 2014. Retrieved 12 January 2014.
  3. ^ Raf Casert, AP (22 February 2018). "Dutch apologies galore after double faux pas at Olympics" – via www.washingtonpost.com.
  4. ^ http://www.foxnews.com/sports/2018/02/22/dutch-speed-skater-jan-blokhuijsen-ignites-backlash-after-telling-south-koreans-to-please-treat-dogs-better.html
  5. ^ http://www.ibtimes.com/dutch-speed-skater-jan-blokhuijsen-apologizes-after-criticizing-south-korea-dog-2656634
  6. ^ "Dutch skater sparks dog meat controversy at PyeongChang". 22 February 2018.
  7. ^ "Dutch speed skater apologises for dog-eating comment - DutchNews.nl". 22 February 2018.
  8. ^ "Jan Blokhuijsen". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved 27 February 2012.
  9. ^ "Adelskalendern". evertstenlund.se. Retrieved 5 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Jan Blokhuijsen". SchaatsStatistieken.nl. Retrieved 25 August 2012.
  11. ^ "Jan Blokhuijsen". SpeedSkatingStats.com. Retrieved 25 August 2012.

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