Paulien van Deutekom

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Paulien van Deutekom
Paulien van Deutekom 2008.jpg
Paulien van Deutekom
Personal information
Birth namePaulien van Deutekom
Born(1981-02-04)4 February 1981
The Hague, Netherlands
Died2 January 2019(2019-01-02) (aged 37)
SportSpeed skating
Turned pro1998

Paulien van Deutekom (4 February 1981 – 2 January 2019) was a Dutch champion speed skater who specialised in the middle to long distances, over 1000 and 1500 metres.


In November 2005, Van Deutekom surprised when she skated among the best at the Speed Skating World Cup qualification tournament at several distances and as a result qualified for those World Cups. During her first ever World Cup event in the Olympic Oval in Calgary she skated a new Dutch record over 1500 metres, with a time of 1:55.43, overtaking the previous record by Annamarie Thomas. Her record was broken a week later by Ireen Wüst with a time of 1:54.93.

Later, in December 2005 she participated at the 2005 Dutch Single Distance Championships, which was also the Olympic Qualification tournament. At the 1500 metres distance she finished in second position and qualified for the 2006 Winter Olympics. She also had chances over 1000 metres, however only finished in fourth position and did not directly qualify. A skate-off between her and Barbara de Loor settled the contest for the slot in De Loor's favour. She was selected for the pursuit team. At the Olympics Van Deutekom finished 13th over 1500 metres, while the pursuit team was eliminated at an early stage.

In the European Championships Allround in January 2008 she came second after her teammate Ireen Wüst. In February 2008 Van Deutekom won the World Allround Speed Skating Championships in Berlin. In March 2008 Van Deutekom finished second at the World Single Distance Championships in Nagano in the 1500 metres and the 3000 metres. In March 2012 after the 1500 metre event at the World Cup in Heerenveen, Van Deutekom announced that she was ending her skating career.[1]

Post skating career[edit]

Following her retirement van Deutekom was a pundit for Dutch broadcaster NOS.[2] Van Deutekom died on 2 January 2019 after being diagnosed with lung cancer six months earlier at the age of 37.[3][4] Van Deutekom is survived by her husband Kay van der Kooi and daughter Lynn, born in 2017.[2][5]

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Women's Speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500m 39,40 12 January 2008 Kolomna
1000m 1.15,70 2 March 2007 Calgary
1500m 1.54,44 17 November 2007 Calgary
3000m 3.59,18 4 March 2007 Calgary
5000m 7.02,40 13 January 2008 Kolomna
10000m 15.43,17 23 March 2001 Heerenveen

Source:[6] &[7]

Tournament summary[edit]

year Dutch Distance Dutch Sprint Dutch Allround European Allround World Allround World Sprint World Distance Olympische Spelen
World Cup
1999 15th 3000m
2000 11th 1500m
10th 3000m
2001 - 15th
2002 16th 1000m
16th 1500m
11th 3000m
6th 5000m
16th NC13
2003 12th 3000m NC14
2004 14th 1500m
17th 3000m
2005 13th 500m
8th 1000m
15th 1500m
14th 3000m
12th NC11
2006 4th 1000m
2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1500m
9th 13th 1500m
6th team pursuit
11th 1000m
6th 1500m
2007 4th 1000m
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 1500m
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3000m
4th 7th 6th 5th 1500m
6th 3000m
2nd place, silver medalist(s) team pursuit
25th 1000m
6th 1500m
9th 3/5 km
1st place, gold medalist(s) team pursuit
2008 1st place, gold medalist(s) 1000m
1st place, gold medalist(s) 1500m
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 3000m
4th 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1st place, gold medalist(s) 12th 5th 1000m
2nd place, silver medalist(s) 1500m
2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3000m
8th 5000m
1st place, gold medalist(s) team pursuit
9th 1000m
4th 1500m
13th 3/5 km
6th team pursuit
2009 7th 500m
1st place, gold medalist(s) 1000m
1st place, gold medalist(s) 1500m
2nd place, silver medalist(s) 3000m
5th 3rd place, bronze medalist(s) 4th 7th 29th 1000m
24th 1500m
22nd 3/5 km
2010 13th 1000m
9th 3000m
12th 35th 1500m
39th 3/5 km
5th team pursuit
2011 - 10th
2012 12th 1000m
15th 1500m
13th 3000m



  1. ^ "Van Deutekom stopt per direct: Het is gewoon klaar" (in Dutch). Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  2. ^ a b Diamond, James (8 January 2019). "Former world speed skating champion Van Deutekom dies aged 37". inside the games.
  3. ^ "Oud-schaatsster Paulien van Deutekom (37) overleden". NOS (in Dutch). 3 January 2019.
  4. ^ "Oud-schaatsster Paulien van Deutekom (37) overleden aan gevolgen kanker". (in Dutch). 3 January 2019.
  5. ^ Oud-schaatsster Paulien van Deutekom op 37-jarige leeftijd overleden (in Dutch)
  6. ^ "Results Paulien van Deutekom". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  7. ^ "Results Paulien van Deutekom". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
  8. ^ "Paulien van Deutekom". Retrieved 3 March 2012.
Preceded by
Ireen Wüst
Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Margot Boer