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Thialf during the Dutch Allround Speed Skating Championship on 28 December 2008
|Location||Pim Mulierlaan 1
|Owner||Essent, Aegon, and the city of Heerenveen|
|Surface||15,000 m2 (big hall)
1800 m2 (small hall)
|Opened||14 October 1967 (outdoor)
17 November 1986 (indoor)
|Architect||Alynia Architecten Harlingen bv|
Thialf is an ice arena in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The stadium is used for long track speed skating, short track speed skating, ice hockey, figure skating, and non-sports events. The outdoor rink was opened in 1967, and the indoor stadium was opened in 1986. Several world records were set in the indoor stadium. Annually, Thialf hosts two Speed Skating World Cup events. The arena has a capacity of 12,500 seats. Jan de Jong was the ice rink master at Thialf for many years.
The construction of the artificial outdoor ice rink was started in 1966 and it was opened on 14 October 1967 by Princess Christina of the Netherlands. It was the third 400m artificial ice rink in the Netherlands, after the Jaap Eden baan in Amsterdam and the IJselstadion in Deventer. Several national and international tournaments were held in Thialf, but only one world record had been skated on the outdoor rink, by Andrea Schöne on the 5000 m in 1983.
The roofed stadium, which seats 12,500 people, opened on 17 November 1986, about a year after Sportforum Hohenschönhausen in Berlin, which was the first 400m indoor speed skating oval in the world. Thanks to the indoor conditions, allowing climate control, almost all world speed skating records were broken at Thialf in the first season. Since 1988 it has been overtaken as the "fastest ice in the world" by the high-altitude indoor rinks in Calgary and Salt Lake City, which have the additional benefit of low air pressure.
Every year there are main skating events like the Dutch, European and World championships, and one or two Speed Skating World Cup events in Thialf.
The 2500-seat ice hockey arena adjacent to the speed skating oval is the home arena of the Heerenveen Flyers, one of the Netherlands' most successful ice hockey clubs. It is also the main arena used in the Netherlands for international ice hockey tournaments, for example it host the IIHF World U18 Championships (Division II, Group A) in late March 2012.
- Dutch championships
|Allround||1968*, 1969, 1973, 1979, 1982, 2001, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
|Sprint||1969*, 1973*, 1979*, 1982*, 1989, 1992, 2001, 2008, 2011, 2012|
|Single Distance||1988, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1998, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013|
- * Dutch allround 1968: only for women.
- * Dutch sprint: 1969, 1973, 1979, 1982: only for men.
- European championships
|Allround||Men: 1971, 1975
Women: 1970, 1981, 1982, 1983
M+W: 1990, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009, 2013
- World championships
|Allround||Men: 1976, 1977, 1980, 1987, 1991
Women: 1972, 1974, 1992
M+W: 1998, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2014,
|Sprint||1985, 1989, 1996, 2006, 2008, 2011|
|Single Distance||1999, 2012, 2015|
- World Cup
|World Cup||2006–07: WC1 + WC6
2007–08: WC4 + WC9
2008–09: WC2 + WC8
2009–10: WC2 + WC7
2010–11: WC1 + WC8 (final)
2011–12: WC3 + WC6
2012–13: WC1 + WC9 (final)
2013–14: WC6 (final)
2014–15: WC4 + WC6
These are the current track records in Thialf.
|500 m||34.31||Michel Mulder||27-12-2013||650 days|
|1000 m||1:08.25||Kjeld Nuis||02-11-2014||340 days|
|1500 m||1:43.36||Denis Yuskov||13-02-2015||237 days|
|3000 m||3:39.65||Sven Kramer||25-10-2014||348 days|
|5000 m||6:09.65||Sven Kramer||14-02-2015||236 days|
|10000 m||12:45.09||Sven Kramer||28-12-2013||649 days|
|500 m||37.60||Jenny Wolf||20-01-2008||2818 days|
|1000 m||1:13.90||Brittany Bowe||13-02-2015||237 days|
|1500 m||1:53.31||Ireen Wüst||29-12-2013||648 days|
|3000 m||3:58.68||Ireen Wüst||09-03-2013||943 days|
|5000 m||6:49.31||Martina Sáblíková||11-02-2007||3161 days|
|10000 m||14:39.76||Carien Kleibeuker||24-03-2006||3485 days|
The following world records were set in Thialf.
|500 m||36.55||Nick Thometz||19-03-1987||14-02-1988|
|1000 m||1:12.58||Igor Zhelezovski||25-02-1989||17-12-1993|
|1500 m||1:52.70||Nikolay Gulyayev||15-02-1987||05-12-1987|
|3000 m||3:59.27||Leo Visser||19-03-1987||13-03-1990|
|3:57.52||Johann Olav Koss||13-03-1990||03-04-1992|
|5000 m||6:47.01||Leo Visser||14-02-1987||22-11-1987|
|6:41.73||Johann Olav Koss||09-02-1991||22-01-1993|
|6:38.77||Johann Olav Koss||22-01-1993||13-03-1993|
|6:36.57||Johann Olav Koss||13-03-1993||04-12-1993|
|10000 m||14:03.92||Geir Karlstad||15-02-1987||06-12-1987|
|13:43.54||Johann Olav Koss||10-02-1991||20-02-1994|
|500 m||39.43||Bonnie Blair||19-03-1987||06-12-1987|
|3000 m||4:16.85||Yvonne van Gennip||19-03-1987||05-12-1987|
|5000 m||7:40.97||Andrea Schöne||23-01-1983||15-01-1984|
|7:20.36||Yvonne van Gennip||20-03-1987||28-02-1988|
Also, the national Miss Universe competition was held in Thialf several times.
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