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Rintje Ritsma

Full name: Robert Rintje Ritsma
Gender: Male
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
Weight: 203 lbs (92 kg)
Born: April 13, 1970 in Lemmer, Friesland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Trainingsgroep De Preamkeskouwers
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Silver, 4 Bronze (6 Total)

Biography

Although an Olympic gold medal has eluded Rintje Ritsma, he is definitely one of the all time speed skating greats. In his long career, he won the World Allround Championships four times (1995, 1996, 1999, 2001) and won a record six European titles (1994-1996, 1998-2000). In addition, he has won two World distance titles (both in 1997) and six Olympic medals between 1994 and 2006. He broke the World Record in the 1500 m twice, becoming both the first man to go faster than 1:52 and 1:49. In 1996, Ritsma caused a revolution in Dutch speed skating by starting the first professional skating team. His move caused a shift in skating, with all Dutch skaters now being employed by commercial teams rather than the national federation. Ritsma's career was often thought to have come to an end, for example when he missed qualification for the 2001 World Championships. When illness of a team mate allowed him to compete after all, he took first place - his last international title. He also surprised critics by qualifying for the 2002 and 2006 Olympics, winning a team pursuit bronze in Torino. He finally did announce his retirement in September 2008.

Personal Bests: 500 – 35.90 (1999); 1000 – 1:10.19 (1999); 1500 – 1:45.86 (2002); 5000 – 6:20.26 (2006); 10000 – 13:28.19 (1998).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 27T
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 12
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 4
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 7
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver WR
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 10,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 9
2006 Winter 35 Torino Speed Skating Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps) Netherlands NED 3 Bronze

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 27T 38.51 10.19

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 12 1:15.96 17.63 46.06

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1992 Winter 21 Albertville Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 4 1:55.70 25.10 54.47 1:24.57
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 1:51.99 24.65 52.60 1:21.71
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 1:48.52 24.36 51.16 1:19.19
2002 Winter 31 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 9 1:45.86 23.68 49.99 1:17.17

Men's 5,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k 3k 3.4k 3.8k 4.2k 4.6k
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 6:43.94 19.02 48.92 1:19.15 1:49.85 2:20.79 2:52.45 3:24.79 3:57.65 4:30.57 5:03.67 5:36.92 6:10.48
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 WR 6:28.24 19.01 49.60 1:20.01 1:50.13 2:20.40 2:50.89 3:21.65 3:52.52 4:23.41 4:54.54 5:25.72 5:57.09

Men's 10,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 4c 8c 1.2k 1.6k 2k 2.4k 2.8k 3.2k 3.6k 4k 4.4k 4.8k 5.2k 5.6k 6k 6.4k 6.8k 7.2k 7.6k 8k 8.4k 8.8k 9.2k 9.6k
1994 Winter 23 Lillehammer Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 7 14:09.28 35.61 1:08.33 1:41.56 2:14.45 2:47.27 3:20.16 3:52.97 4:25.56 4:58.37 5:31.51 6:04.55 6:37.76 7:10.90 7:44.44 8:18.59 8:52.84 9:27.05 10:01.52 10:36.39 11:11.65 11:47.09 12:22.57 12:58.01 13:33.60
1998 Winter 27 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 13:28.19 34.59 1:05.56 1:37.04 2:08.34 2:40.05 3:12.02 3:43.98 4:15.91 4:47.72 5:19.63 5:51.84 6:23.83 6:56.10 7:28.31 8:00.94 8:33.62 9:06.27 9:38.97 10:12.10 10:45.67 11:19.17 11:52.47 12:25.31 12:57.27

Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2006 Winter 35 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands NED Qualifying Round 3