Stefan Groothuis

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Stefan Groothuis
Stefan Groothuis (2009-01-04).jpg
Groothuis in 2009
Personal information
Born (1981-11-23) 23 November 1981 (age 35)
Empe, Netherlands
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Weight 78 kg (172 lb)
Website www.stefangroothuis.nl
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Turned pro 2003
Retired 2016

Stefan Groothuis (born 23 November 1981) is a retired Dutch speed skater. He is the World Sprint Champion for 2012 and the gold medal winner in the 1000 metres at the 2014 Winter Olympics.[2]

Career[edit]

Groothuis, a specialist in the middle distances (1000 and 1500 metres), had his international breakthrough in 2005. In that year he reached a second spot during the Speed Skating World Cup meeting in Salt Lake City competing in the 1000 metres. This earned him a nomination for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin. During the Dutch Single Distance Championships in December 2005, he switched this nomination into a qualification by placing fourth behind Jan Bos, Erben Wennemars, and Beorn Nijenhuis, who all qualified as well.

In January, 2006, Groothuis surprisingly became the Dutch national sprint champion, finishing first in two 500 metres and two 1000 metres races, outsprinting common names like Gerard van Velde, Nijenhuis, and Wennemars. A month later at the 2006 Winter Olympics, Groothuis would finish in eighth position in the 1000 metres. His time of 1:09.57 was 0.68 behind the winner Shani Davis.

In the 2010-2011 World Cup season, Groothuis would win the 1000 metre overall World Cup, dethroning perennial winner Shani Davis. He would also lead the 2011-2012 1000 metre standings going into the final race, but would be beaten out in the season finale by Davis and also just edged for the season 1000 title by Davis as a result.

At the 2012 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Calgary, Groothuis won the gold medal. His point total of 136.810 broke the world record for the sprint combination held by Jeremy Wotherspoon. He also won gold in the 1000 metres at the World Single Distance Championships that year.

Personal records[edit]

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 m 34.55 21 January 2012 Salt Lake City
1000 m 1:06.96 29 January 2012 Calgary
1500 m 1:43.48 4 December 2009 Calgary
3000 m 3.53.72 16 March 2001 Calgary
5000 m 6:54.59 20 March 2002 Calgary
10000 m 14:41.70 21 March 2002 Calgary

Source: SpeedskatingResults.com[3]

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2001, 6th, Junior World Championships
  • 2002, 6th, 1000 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2002, 7th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2003, 4th, 1000 metres and 8th, 500 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2003, 6th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2004, 6th, 500 metres and 9th, 1000 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2004, 8th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2005, 5th, 1500 metres; 6th, 500 metres; and 7th, 1000 metres; Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2005, 4th, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2006, 4th, 1000 metres and 8th, 1500 metres, Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2006, 1st, Dutch National Sprint Championships
  • 2006, 8th, 1000 metres, 2006 Winter Olympics
  • 2006, 9th, 1000 metres, World Cup
  • 2007, 2nd, 1000 metres; 6th, 500 metres; and 8th, 1500 metres; Dutch National Single Distance Championships
  • 2014, 1st, 1000 metres, 2014 Winter Olympics

Source: www.sskating.com[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Stefan Groothuis". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved February 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Groothuis pakt prachtige gouden medaille op 1000 meter, Mulder brons". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). February 21, 2014. Retrieved February 12, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Stefan Groothuis". speedskatingresults.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Stefan Groothuis". www.sskating.com. Retrieved February 27, 2012. 
Awards
Preceded by
Netherlands Bob de Jong
Ard Schenk Award
2012
Succeeded by
Sven Kramer