Mark Tuitert at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver
4 April 1980 |
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.
Speed skating career
2006 Olympic Games in Turin
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
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.
2014 Olympic Games in Sochi
Life after skating
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 FitChannel.com.
|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|
To put his personal records in perspective, the column WR lists the official world records on the dates that Tuitert skated his personal records.
|Men's speed skating|
|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|
|Year||Dutch Allround||European Allround||World Allround||Dutch Sprint||World Sprint||Dutch Distance||World Distance||
|99/00||6th||5th 1500 m
5th 5000 m
6th 10000 m
|00/01||NF3||4th 1000 m
9th 5000 m
|01/02||DNF 1000 m
13th 1500 m
18th 5000 m
|02/03||4th|| 1500 m
10th 5000 m
|03/04||5th||6th 1000 m
4th 5000 m
|04/05||4th||4th 1000 m
6th 1500 m
12th 5000 m
| 1500 m
|05/06||5th||5th 1000 m
6th 1500 m
|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||9th|| 500 m
|9th 1500 m|
|09/10|| 500 m
|5th 1000 m
- "Beroemde Headbangers: Mark Tuitert" (in Dutch). Lords of Metal. Retrieved 2013-10-10.
- Evert Stenlund (15 February 2010). "Adelskalendern". evertstenlund.se. Retrieved 2010-02-16.
- "Mark Tuitert Biography". marktuitert.nl. Retrieved 2010-02-21.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Mark Tuitert.|
|Dutch Sportsman of the year