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Jeroen Straathof

Full name: Johannes Nicolaas Maria "Jeroen" Straathof
Gender: Male
Height: 6-2 (189 cm)
Weight: 181 lbs (82 kg)
Born: November 18, 1972 in Zoeterwoude, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Affiliations: Trainingsgroep Zouterwoude
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Cycling, Speed Skating


Jeroen Straathof is the first person to have competed in the Winter Olympics, the Summer Olympics and the Paralympics, although he is not handicapped himself. Primarily a speed skater, Straathof was a Junior World Champion in 1992 and he qualified for the 1994 Olympics in his top event, the 1500 metres. He won the 1996 World Championships and two World Cup races in that same event, but surprising failed to qualify for the 1998 Olympics, and he fell at the 2002 Dutch Olympic trials. He attended the 1996 Paralympics in Atlanta with his girlfriend Evelyn van Leeuwen, who played in the Dutch wheelchair basketball team. He met visually impaired cyclist Jan Mulder there, and the two teamed up for tandem races (4 km pursuit), with Straathof as the pilot. They placed second at the 1998 World Championships, won the 1999 European Championships and crowned their partnership with gold at the 2000 Paralympics. Straathof continued his involvement in track cycling, and joined the Dutch 4 km team pursuit squad. His best World Championships performance in that event was 4th (2004), and the Dutch team came fifth at the Athens Games. He subsequently ended his sports career, but remained active in the athletes' commission of the Dutch NOC, and also worked for Right to Play, a charity organization founded by fellow ex-speed skater [Johann Olav Koss].

Personal Bests: 500 – 36.26 (2000); 1000 – 1:10.76 (2000); 1500 – 1:47.76 (1999); 5000 – 6:53.82 (1995); 10000 – 14:48.80 (1994).


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Men's 1,500 metres Netherlands NED 9
2004 Summer 31 Athina Cycling Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres Netherlands NED 5

Men's 1,500 metres

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank T 3c 7c 1.1k
1994 Winter 21 Lillehammer Speed Skating Netherlands Final Standings 9 1:53.70 24.99 53.40 1:22.91

Men's Team Pursuit, 4,000 metres

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank T
2004 Summer 31 Athina Cycling Netherlands NED Round One Heat One 2 4:04.605
2004 Summer 31 Athina Cycling Netherlands NED Qualifying Round 5 QU 4:06.286
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