Jorrit Bergsma

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Jorrit Bergsma
2013 WSDC Sochi - Jorrit Bergsma.JPG
Jorrit Bergsma at the 2013 World Single Distance Speed Skating Championships
Personal information
Born (1986-02-01) 1 February 1986 (age 32)
Oldeboorn, Netherlands
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb)
Spouse(s)Heather Richardson
Country Netherlands
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro2004

Jacob Jorrit Bergsma (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjɔrɪt ˈbɛrxsmaː]; born 1 February 1986) is a Dutch speed skater and marathon skater. At the 2014 Winter Olympics, he won the gold medal in the 10,000 m.


Bergsma has been skating for the BAM team since the 2010–11 season. On 10 October 2009 he won his first skating match (the Marathon), the DSB Bank Cup.[1] During the 2009–10 season he tried to qualify for the Olympic Games for Kazakhstan. During the national championships in the Russian Chelyabinsk Bergsma won the 5000 m in 6:28.21 and qualified for the World Cup. The ISU refused to let the Dutch Kazakh start and Bergsma decided to end his Kazakh adventure.[2] Later in the season he won the Alternatieve Elfstedentocht in Austria.[3]

Bergsma won the Dutch Marathon Championships on 10 February 2010 by beating Douwe de Vries. On 29 December 2010 he won the Ronde van Duurswold, the first edition of this classic on natural ice. In 2012 he won the Dutch Marathon Championships on natural ice for the second time.[4]

He became the Dutch 5000 m champion at the Dutch Single Distance Championships in November 2011. At the first World Cup in Chelyabinsk he won the 5000 m in a new rink record (6:18.74)

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Bergsma won gold in the 10,000 m with an Olympic record of 12:44.45.[5] Bergsma also won bronze in the 5000 m.[6]

At the 2018 Winter Olympics, Bergsma won silver in the 10,000 m[7]

Personal life[edit]

Bergsma is married to American speed skater Heather Bergsma.[8]


Personal records[9]
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 38.25 27 December 2014 Thialf, Heerenveen
1000 m 1:14.30 20 December 2014 Thialf, Heerenveen
1500 m 1:47.08 2 November 2013 Olympic Oval, Calgary
3000 m 3.39.79 3 November 2013 Olympic Oval, Calgary
5000 m 6:06.93 10 November 2013 Olympic Oval, Calgary
10,000 m 12.41,98 15 February 2017 Gangneung Ice Arena, Gangneung


  1. ^ "Kazach Jorrit Bergsma wint in Alkmaar eerste schaatsmarathon" BN De Stem, 12 October 2009.
  2. ^ "Marathonschaatsers toch geen Kazachen", 3 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Bergsma wint Alternatieve Elfstedentocht" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant. 30 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Solerende Bergsma favoriet voor Elfstedentocht" (in Dutch). De Volkskrant. 8 February 2012.
  5. ^ "Men's 10000 m : Speed Skating Men's 10000 m". Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  6. ^ "Men's 5000 m : Speed Skating Men's 5000 m". Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics. International Olympic Committee (IOC).
  7. ^
  8. ^ Willie Cornblatt. "Heather Richardson finds speed skating love". NBC. Archived from the original on 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2014-02-17.
  9. ^ "Jorrit Bergsma". Retrieved 11 October 2015.