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Erben Wennemars

Full name: Egbert Rolf "Erben" Wennemars
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11.5 (182 cm)
Weight: 176 lbs (80 kg)
Born: November 1, 1975 in Dalfsen, Overijssel, Netherlands
Affiliations: IJsclub Stokvisdennen, Dalfsen/Postcode Loterij Schaatsploeg
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 2 Bronze (2 Total)

Biography

Erben Wennemars first made the news in 1997. Skating on the then-new clap skates, he became the first skater to beat 1.50 on the 1500 m, although it was not recognized as an official world record. Later that season, Wennemars won a bronze medal a the World Sprint Championships. A candidate for a medal at the Olympics, he was struck by a falling opponent in the 500 m and carried off the ice with a dislocated shoulder. In the years to come, Wennemars established himself as a top sprinter. His first world titles came in 2003, when he won both the 1000 and 1500 m at the World Single Distance Championships. In 2004 and 2005, Wennemars also won the World Sprint title, and added four more distance titles in the 1000 m (2004) and team pursuit (2005, 2007, 2008). In his third Olympics, at Torino, he finally won his first Olympic medals, taking home the bronze in both the 1000 m and the team pursuit. Wennemars qualified for the World Allround championships in 2007, in which he placed a respectable fifth. In World Cup competition, he has won 27 races, winning over 500 m, 1000 m, 1500 m and team pursuit, and won the season's World Cup over 1000 m four times (2003-2005, 2007) and 1500 m once (2007). A 13-time national champion (3x sprint, 3x 500 m, 6x 1000 m, 1x 1500 m), Erben Wennemars is attempting to qualify for the Vancouver Olympics in what he has designated as his final season. He is married to former television presenter Renate van der Zalm. His younger brother, Freddy, also competes in speed skating on a national level.

Personal Bests: 500 – 34.68 (2005); 1000 – 1:07.33 (2003); 1500 – 1:42.32 (2008); 5000 – 6:28.42 (2006); 10000 – 13:35.67 (2007).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED AC DNF
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 10
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 5
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 16
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 3 Bronze
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 5
2006 Winter 30 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
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings AC DNF
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Race 1 5T 35.96 9.94
1998 Winter 22 Nagano Speed Skating Netherlands Race 2 AC DNF/fall 10.00
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 10 69.89
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Race 1 8T 35.00 9.72
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Race 2 11 34.89 9.76
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 16 71.30
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Race 1 7 35.46 9.85
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Race 2 25 35.84 9.94

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
2002 Winter 26 Salt Lake City Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 5 1:07.95 16.20 41.22
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 3 1:09.32 16.66 42.21

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 5 1:46.71 23.26 49.47 1:17.01

Men's Team Pursuit (8 laps)

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands NED Semi-Finals Heat 1 2
2006 Winter 30 Torino Speed Skating Netherlands NED Quarter-Finals Heat 1 1
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