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)
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.


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]


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


  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.