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Gretha Smit

Full name: Grietje "Gretha" Smit
Gender: Female
Height: 13-11 (167 cm)
Weight: 132 lbs (60 kg)
Born: January 20, 1976 in Rouveen, Overijssel, Netherlands
Affiliations: Schaatstrainingsgroep Giethoorn/Team Telfort
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Initially a national level long track speed skater, Gretha Smit turned to marathon skating. She proved very successful, winning eight national titles (four on artificial ice, four on natural ice), winning the Alternative Elfstedentocht twice, and placing second in the real Elfstedentocht of 1997. After trying out at 5000 m in late 2001, Smit won both the 3000 m and 5000 m at the Dutch Olympic Trials. In Salt Lake City, she won a silver medal in the 5000 m, skating a Dutch record that still stands as of 2009. In subsequent years, Smit placed third at both long distances at the 2003 World Single Distance Championships, and second in both races at the 2004 edition. That same year, Smit also competed in international allround tournaments, finishing 7th at the World Championships. She did qualify for the Dutch team for 2006 Olympics, but was unable to compete in the 5000 m when Dutch skaters failed to gain enough start positions for that event. Frequently hampered by leg injuries, Smit failed to qualify for international events in the next years, and announced her retirement in 2009. Smit's sister, Jenita Hulzebosch-Smit is also a former marathon skater, and has won two Dutch titles in the 5000 m (Gretha won three).

Personal Bests: 500 – 42.18 (2004); 1000 – 1:28.94 (1994); 1500 – 2:02.02 (2004); 3000 – 4:03.80 (2007); 5000 – 6.49.22 (2002).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 3,000 metres Netherlands NED 11
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Women's 5,000 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver WR
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps) Netherlands NED 6

Women's 3,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c 1k 1.4k 1.8k 2.2k 2.6k
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 11 4:07.41 20.83 51.80 1:23.19 1:54.88 2:26.75 2:59.08 3:32.61

Women'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
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 WR 6:49.22 20.91 52.67 1:24.59 1:56.34 2:28.00 2:59.58 3:31.09 4:02.83 4:34.91 5:07.52 5:40.57 6:14.45

Women's Team Pursuit (6 laps)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands NED Final Round Final C 2
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Heat 3 2
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands NED Qualifying Round 4
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