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Jan Ykema

Full name: Jan Jelle Ykema
Gender: Male
Height: 5-11 (181 cm)
Weight: 174 lbs (79 kg)
Born: April 18, 1963 in Harlingen, Friesland, Netherlands
Affiliations: ?, Harlingen (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Speed Skating

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

The best Dutch sprinter of his time, Jan Ykema debuted at the World Championships aged 18. By far his best season came in 1988. He achieved his best ranking in the World Sprint Championships (6th), won all of his three World Cup races that season, and topped it off with an Olympic silver medal. After a very quick start, Ykema set a new National Record of 36.76 to finish second behind Uwe-Jens Mey of East Germany. Having won three Dutch sprint titles (1982, 1987 and 1988) and three Dutch distance titles, Ykema retirted to work in real estate. For nearly 15 years, he then struggled with a cocaine addiction. In 2008, he returned to speed skating as assistant coach of the small Dutch pro team APPM.

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.76 (1988); 1000 – 1:14.24 (1988); 1500 – 1:59.11 (1988); 5000 – 8:23.1 (1980); 10000 – 16:27.3 (1982).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 14
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED 20
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 500 metres Netherlands NED 2 Silver OR
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Men's 1,000 metres Netherlands NED AC DNF/fall

Men's 500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 1c
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 14 39.03 10.30
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 2 OR 36.76 9.85

Men's 1,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 2c 6c
1984 Winter 20 Sarajevo Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 20 1:18.81 17.81 46.86
1988 Winter 24 Calgary Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings AC DNF/fall 17.32
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