Jan Ykema

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Jan Ykema
Jan Ykema.jpg
Jan Ykema in 1982
Personal information
Born (1963-04-18) 18 April 1963 (age 54)
Harlingen, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 1984 Winter Olympics
1988 Winter Olympics

Jan Jelte Ykema (born 18 April 1963) is a former ice speed skater from the Netherlands, who represented his native country at two consecutive Winter Olympics, starting in 1984 in Sarajevo, Yugoslavia. In 1988 (Calgary) he won the silver medal in the men's 500 metres. The same year he won all of his three World Cup races. A year later Ykema retired from international competition to work in real estate business. During his career he won three national sprint titles (1982, 1987 and 1988) and three distance titles.[1]

After retiring from skating, Ykema became addicted to cocaine, and this addiction lasted for about 15 years.[1] After he recovered he started giving lessons at secondary schools about his addiction.[2]

In 2008 he returned to competitive speed skating as assistant coach for the APPM team.[1]

Personal bests:[1]

  • 500 m – 36.76 (1988)
  • 1000 m – 1:14.24 (1988)
  • 1500 m – 1:59.11 (1988)
  • 5000 m – 8:23.1 (1980)
  • 10000 m – 16:27.3 (1982)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Jan Ykema Archived 2012-12-14 at the Wayback Machine.. sports-reference.com
  2. ^ Friesch Dagblad (Dutch), 2 October 2007
Olympic Games
Preceded by
Hilbert van der Duim
Flagbearer for  Netherlands
Calgary 1988
Succeeded by
Leo Visser