Renate Groenewold

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Renate Groenewold
Renate Groenewold (08-12-2007).jpg
Groenewold in 2007
Personal information
Birth name Renate Titzia Groenewold
Born (1976-10-08) 8 October 1976 (age 40)[1]
Veendam, Netherlands
Height 178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 73.5 kg (162 lb)[1]
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 1997
Retired 2010

Renate Titzia Groenewold (born 8 October 1976) is a Dutch former long track speed skater and road bicycle racer.

Groenewold has won several Dutch Championships. In 1999, 2002 and 2003 she won the Dutch allround championship. On the European Allround Championships she has won various medals. Five times she came in third in the overall ranking. In 2005, she won the silver medal which was her best result at the European Championships. In 2001, she also came in third in the overall ranking on the World Allround Championships, which she won in 2004.[2]

Besides participating in the all-round championships Groenewold has participated in the championships for individual distances. Her best results there were winning the team pursuit in 2008 and the 3000 meters in 2009.

In 2002 Groenewold participated at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She won the silver medal in the 3000 m. However on the 1500 m she fell in the second turn. At the 2006 Winter Olympics, rookie compatriot Ireen Wüst beat her to the gold on the 3000 m, leaving Groenewold with silver once more.[3]

In 2007, Groenewold joined Team DSB Bank, which was a women's professional cycling team that competed in international and UCI Women's Road World Cup events. In 2010, Groenewold competed again at the 2010 Winter Olympics, in Vancouver.[4] She was listed as one of lesbian athletes at the Games,[4] even though she never publicly came out and even denied she was a lesbian.[5][6] She retired from speed skating later that year.

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Women's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 39.48
1000 m 1:17.16
1500 m 1:55.29
3000 m 3:55.98 2007-11-16 Calgary
5000 m 7:01.21


  1. ^ a b c "Renate Groenewold". ESPN. 2010. Retrieved 31 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Renate Groenewold". Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "History of the Olympic Games 3000 meters Women". Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Gay Olympians: Few are out and proud
  5. ^ Kombrink Kommunicatie (18 November 2009). "So what: Ireen Wust lesbisch .. // Naast de baan" (in Dutch). Retrieved 5 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Bloembergen, Jaap (13 December 2005). "Groenewold mentaal en fysiek weer de oude" (in Dutch). NRC Handelsblad. Retrieved 5 March 2014. 

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Preceded by
Marianne Timmer
Ard Schenk Award
Succeeded by
Marianne Timmer