Karen Venhuizen

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Karen Venhuizen
Karen Venhuizen 2007 Nebelhorn Trophy.jpg
Venhuizen in 2007.
Personal information
Country represented Netherlands
Born (1984-04-04) 4 April 1984 (age 33)
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Former coach Sylvia Holtes
Former choreographer Sylvia Holtes, Karen Venhuizen
Lisa Michael
Skating club KCG Groningen
Began skating 1989
Retired 2008
ISU personal best scores
Combined total 126.30
2008 Europeans
Short program 45.53
2008 Europeans
Free skate 80.77
2008 Europeans

Karen Venhuizen (born 4 April 1984) is a Dutch former competitive figure skater. She is the 2003 Triglav Trophy champion, the 2007 International Challenge Cup champion, and a nine-time (2000–08) Dutch national champion. She qualified for the free skate at seven ISU Championships – two World and five European Championships. Her best placement, 14th, came at the 2008 Europeans.

Personal life[edit]

Venhuizen was born 4 April 1984 in Zoetermeer, Netherlands.[1] From 2001 to 2003, she suffered from anorexia nervosa.[2][3] After the 2008 European Championships, she was diagnosed with Guillain–Barré syndrome.[4][5]

Career[edit]

Venhuizen started skating at the age of five. In the 1999–2000 season, she debuted on the ISU Junior Grand Prix (JGP) series and then won her first senior national title, earning assignments to her first ISU Championships. In February 2000, she reached the free skate and finished 21st overall at the European Championships in Vienna after placing tenth in her qualifying group, 23rd in the short, and 21st in the free. In March, she competed at the 2000 World Junior Championships in Oberstdorf; she advanced out of her qualifying group but was eliminated after the short program.

Venhuizen made her final junior-level appearances at the start of the 2000–01 season before repeating as the Dutch national senior champion. She qualified for the final segment at both the 2001 European Championships in Bratislava and at the 2001 World Championships in Vancouver.

Venhuizen won gold medals at the 2003 Triglav Trophy in Slovenia and at the 2007 International Challenge Cup in The Hague. Her best ISU Championship result, 14th, came at the 2008 Europeans in Zagreb, Croatia. It was also the highest placement by a Dutch figure skater since Dianne de Leeuw became the European champion in 1976.

Programs[edit]

Season Short program Free skating
2007–2008
[1]
2006–2007
[6]
2005–2006
[7]
2004–2005
[8]
2003–2004
[9]
2002–2003
[10]
  • Fire and Ice
    (soundtrack)
    by various composers
  • East of Eden
    (soundtrack)
    by Leonard Rosenman
2001–2002
[11]
  • Mary and Steve's Tango
    (from The Wedding Planner)
    by Mervyn Warren
2000–2001
[12]
  • Variations of Andrew Lloyd Webber
    arranged by Jan Hughes
    The BBC Concert Orchestra

Results[edit]

GP: Grand Prix; JGP: Junior Grand Prix

International[13]
Event 98–99 99–00 00–01 01–02 02–03 03–04 04–05 05–06 06–07 07–08 08–09
Worlds 22nd 34th 24th
Europeans 21st 21st 28th 29th 22nd 20th 26th 14th
GP NHK Trophy 10th
Challenge Cup 1st
Crystal Skate 4th
Cup of Nice 4th 4th
Finlandia Trophy 8th
Golden Spin 14th 10th 11th
Nebelhorn Trophy 16th
Nepela Memorial 7th 8th
NRW Trophy 13th
Schäfer Memorial 16th 12th
Triglav Trophy 1st
International: Junior[13]
Junior Worlds 29th
JGP Netherlands 13th
JGP Poland 14th
JGP Slovenia 13th
JGP Ukraine 7th
Golden Bear 4th J
National[13]
Dutch Champ. 4th 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st
WD: Withdrew

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2007/2008". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 21 November 2011. 
  2. ^ Graat, John (5 January 2004). "Ambitieuze plannen van Karen Venhuizen zijn 'niet irreëel'". Trouw.nl. 
  3. ^ Misset, Robert (22 December 2008). "'Het is doodeng als je verlamd raakt'" ["It's scary when you're paralyzed"]. Volkskrant.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. 
  4. ^ Ellenbroek, Ellis (26 April 2008). "'Stoppen is nu nog geen optie'" [Quitting is not an option]. Trouw.nl (in Dutch). Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. 
  5. ^ "Venhuizen wil niet terugkeren als een recreant" [Venhuizen would not return recreationally]. Trouw.nl (in Dutch). 17 December 2008. Archived from the original on 8 April 2013. 
  6. ^ "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2006/2007". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. 
  7. ^ "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2005/2006". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 22 May 2006. 
  8. ^ "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2004/2005". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 March 2005. 
  9. ^ "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2003/2004". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 9 June 2004. 
  10. ^ "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2002/2003". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 15 April 2003. 
  11. ^ "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2001/2002". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 2 April 2002. 
  12. ^ "Karen VENHUIZEN: 2000/2001". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 20 April 2001. 
  13. ^ a b c "Competition Results: Karen VENHUIZEN". International Skating Union. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. 

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