Mark Tuitert

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Mark Tuitert
Mark Tuitert 2010.jpg
Mark Tuitert at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
Personal information
Born (1980-04-04) 4 April 1980 (age 38)
Holten, Netherlands
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro1998

Mark Tuitert (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈmɑrk ˈtœytərt]; born 4 April 1980) is a Dutch speed skater. He won gold at the 1500 m at the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Personal life[edit]

Tuitert married fellow Dutch speed skater Helen van Goozen in 2009. Ten years earlier, they both won gold medals at the World Junior Speed Skating Championships.[1]

Besides being passionate about sports, Tuitert is an avid hard rock and grunge fan. He also told Dutch webzine Lords of Metal that he was "sold" after running into Metallica and Rage Against The Machine.[2]

Speed skating career[edit]

2006 Olympic Games in Turin[edit]

Tuitert participated in the team pursuit event at the 2006 Winter Olympics, with teammates Sven Kramer, Carl Verheijen, Erben Wennemars and Rintje Ritsma. The Dutch team was a favourite and was leading Italy by nearly a full second in their semifinal matchup, but Sven Kramer stepped on a block and fell, taking Carl Verheijen with him. In the race for bronze they defeated Norway, giving Tuitert his first Olympic medal.

2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver[edit]

At the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia he won the gold medal in the 1500 m. In the 17th pair against Håvard Bøkko he set a new track record time (1:45.57), which had been in the hands of Shani Davis (1:46.19). In the last race Davis could not beat Tuitert's time and finished second.

The only other Dutch Olympic gold medal winners at the 1500 m are Kees Verkerk at the 1968 Winter Olympics and Ard Schenk at the 1972 Winter Olympics.

2014 Olympic Games in Sochi[edit]

At the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi Tuitert finished 10th in the 1000 m and 5th in the 1500 m.


Tuitert is 17th on the adelskalender.[3] His highest ranking was 6th between 30 December 2000 and 2 March 2001.

Life after skating[edit]

After his speed skating career Tuitert co-founded First Energy Gum, a company which produces caffeinated Energy Gum for athletes. Besides that Tuitert is a pundit in speed skating for Dutch broadcaster NOS and online fitness coach for


World records[edit]

Distance Time Date Location
1500 m junior 1:48.45 19 March 1999 Calgary
3000 m junior 3:48.56 19 March 1999 Calgary
5000 m junior 6:33.26 20 March 1999 Calgary
Allround 151.691 11 January 2004 Heerenveen

Personal records[edit]

To put his personal records in perspective, the column WR lists the official world records on the dates that Tuitert skated his personal records.

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 35.20 27 December 2009 Heerenveen WR 34.03
1000 m 1:07.84 11 November 2007 Salt Lake City WR 1:07.00
1500 m 1:42.87 17 December 2007 Salt Lake City WR 1:42.32
3000 m 3.41.16 12 August 2005 Salt Lake City WR 3:39.02
5000 m 6:27.63 9 January 2004 Heerenveen WR 6:14.66
10000 m 13:38.91 11 January 2004 Heerenveen WR 12:58.92
Big combination 151.536 8 February 2004 Hamar WR 151.691


Tournament summary[edit]

Year Dutch Allround European Allround World Allround Dutch Sprint World Sprint Dutch Distance World Distance Olympische Spelen
World Juniors
97/98 2nd, silver medalist(s)
98/99 4th 1st, gold medalist(s)
99/00 6th 5th 1500 m
5th 5000 m
6th 10000 m
00/01 3rd, bronze medalist(s) NF3 4th 1000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
9th 5000 m
01/02 DNF 1000 m
13th 1500 m
18th 5000 m
02/03 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1500 m
10th 5000 m
03/04 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1st, gold medalist(s) 5th 6th 1000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
4th 5000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
04/05 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 4th 4th 1000 m
6th 1500 m
12th 5000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
1st, gold medalist(s) team pursuit
05/06 1st, gold medalist(s) 5th 5th 1000 m
6th 1500 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) team pursuit
06/07 4th 8th 5th 1000 m
DNF 1500 m
5th 5000 m
07/08 7th 4th 1000 m
4th 1500 m
DNF 1000 m
6th 1500 m
08/09 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9th 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 500 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
9th 1500 m
09/10 2nd, silver medalist(s) 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 500 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) 1000 m
2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m
5th 1000 m
1st, gold medalist(s) 1500 m
3rd, bronze medalist(s) team pursuit
10/11 2nd, silver medalist(s) 1500 m


  1. ^
  2. ^ "Beroemde Headbangers: Mark Tuitert" (in Dutch). Lords of Metal. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
  3. ^ Evert Stenlund (15 February 2010). "Adelskalendern". Retrieved 2010-02-16.
  4. ^ "Mark Tuitert Biography". Retrieved 2010-02-21.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Epke Zonderland
Dutch Sportsman of the year
Succeeded by
Epke Zonderland