Yara van Kerkhof

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Yara van Kerkhof
Moscow 2015 1000m Ladies Heat 9 (1) Yara van Kerkhof (cropped).JPG
Moscow, 2015
Personal information
Born (1990-05-31) 31 May 1990 (age 28)
Zoetermeer, Netherlands
Height5 ft 4 in (163 cm)
Weight115 lb (52 kg)
Sport
Country Netherlands
SportShort track speed skating
World Cup wins1
Achievements and titles
Highest world ranking11 (1000m)

Yara van Kerkhof (Dutch pronunciation: [ˈjaːraː vɑn ˈkɛrkɦɔf]; born 31 May 1990) is a Dutch short track speed skater. She won the silver medal in the 500 m event at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Career[edit]

Van Kerkhof competed at the 2014 Winter Olympics for the Netherlands. In the 500 metres she was second in her heat, advancing to a quarter-final, where she finished third, not advancing. In the 1500 metres she again advanced out of the first round, but was fifth in her semi-final, not advancing. She also competed in the 1000 metres, finishing third in her heat. As a member of the Dutch 3000 metre relay team, she was disqualified in the heats, again not advancing. Her best individual finish was in the 500m, where she was 11th.[1][2]

As of September 2014, van Kerkhof's best performance at the World Championships came in 2011, when she won a silver medal as a member of the Dutch 3000m relay team. She also won gold medals as a member of the Dutch relay team at the 2012, 2013 and 2014 European Championships.[3]

As of September 2014, van Kerkhof has one ISU Short Track Speed Skating World Cup victory, as part of the relay team in 2012-13 at Dresden. She also has two other podium finishes with the relay team. Her top World Cup ranking is 11th, in the 1000 metres in 2013–14.[3]

She is a sister of Sanne van Kerkhof, also an Olympic short track speed skater.[4]

World Cup podiums[edit]

[3]

Date Season Location Rank Event
5 December 2010 2010–11 Changchun 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3000m Relay
5 February 2012 2011–12 Moscow 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 3000m Relay
10 February 2013 2012–13 Dresden 1st, gold medalist(s) 3000m Relay

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sports Reference Profile".
  2. ^ "Sochi2014.com profile". March 19, 2014. Archived from the original on March 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "ISU Biography".
  4. ^ "Tranen met tuiten bij zus Van Kerkhof". De Telegraaf (in Dutch). 13 February 2018. Retrieved 14 February 2018.