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Sven Kramer
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Sven Kramer after winning the 2009 European Speed Skating Championships in Heerenveen
Personal information
Nationality Dutch
Born 23 April 1986 (1986-04-23) (age 35)
Heerenveen, Netherlands
Height 1.87 m
Weight 83 kg
Website www.svenkramer.nl
Sport
Country Netherlands
Sport Speed skating
Event(s) 5000 m, 10000 m
Club Team LottoNL-Jumbo
Turned pro 2003
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 500 m: 36.17 (2009)
1500 m: 1:43.54 (2009)
3000 m: 3:37.39 (2019)
5000 m: 6:03:32 (2007)
10 000 m: 12:38.89 (2017)

Sven Kramer ( born 23 April 1986) is a Dutch long track speed skater who has won an all time record nine World Allround Championships as well as a record ten European Allround Championships. He is the Olympic champion of the 5000 meters at the Vancouver 2010, Sochi 2014 and Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics, and won a record 21 gold medals at the World Single Distance Championships; eight in the 5000 meters, five in the 10,000 meters, and eight in the team pursuit. Kramer is the current world record holder in the team pursuit (alongside Douwe de Vries and Marcel Bosker), and broke the world records in the 5000 meter and 10,000 meter events three times. By winning the 2010 World Allround Championship, Kramer became the first speed skater in history to win four consecutive world allround championships, and eight consecutive international allround championships. He was undefeated in the 18 international allround championships he participated in from the 2006/2007 season until the 2016/2017 season. From November 2007 to March 2009 he was ranked first in the Adelskalender, but despite his dominance as an all-round skater he has since been overtaken on that list by Shani Davis and, more recently, by his team mate Patrick Roest.

On 27 March 2020 it was announced that Kramer extended his contract with the Jumbo-Visma speed skating team until the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Personal life

Sven Kramer was born on 23 April 1986 in Heerenveen, Friesland, Netherlands. He is the son of former speed skater Yep Kramer, and the four-year-older brother of speed skater Brecht Kramer. He is a born Frisian.

Since 2007 he has been in a relationship with Dutch field hockey player Naomi van As, and they welcomed a daughter in October 2018.

Speed skating career

Junior career

In the 2004 season he came in second at the Junior allround world championships.

In December 2004 he won the Dutch Allround Championships at just 18 years old and thus qualified for the European Allround Championships for the first time, where he won the silver medal. At the World Allround Championships 2005 he came third. At the end of that season he signed a contract with the Dutch TVM-team.

Kramer set a new world record for the 5000 m in Salt Lake City, on 19 November 2005, when he was 19 years old. With his time of 6:08.78 he also entered the top 10 of the all time world ranking, the Adelskalender. That season he became the Junior allround world champion.

Kramer stopped skating in the junior competition and became a senior speed skater when he was 20 years old.

Season 2005–2006

On 11 February 2006, he won the silver medal in the 5000 m at the 2006 Winter Olympic in Turin. Kramer also participated in the team pursuit event. The Dutch team was favourite and was leading Italy by nearly a full second in their semi-final, but Kramer stepped on a block and fell, taking Carl Verheijen with him. In the race for bronze, they defeated Norway, giving Kramer his second medal of the Games.

Kramer also competed in two other distances, the 1500 and the 10,000 meter. Due to a screw in his skate that broke just a few minutes before his race, Kramer came in 15th at the 1500. The 10,000 meters did not go as planned and he finished in 7th. Afterward, Kramer stepped on the concrete with his skates in his frustration, damaging the blades.

During the 2006 European Allround Championships in Hamar, Kramer reached fourth place after a tournament full of incidents. On the first day, the ice began to melt and the skaters had to wait until later in the evening to continue skating.

During the 2006 World Allround Championships in Calgary, Kramer set a new world record in the 10,000 meter event with a time of 12:51.60. Kramer won both the two longest distances of the tournament, but had to settle for bronze overall.

Season 2006–2007

In the 2006–2007 season, Kramer won the first two 5000 m World Cup races, the second in 6:09.78, just outside his world record time. In December 2006 he again became national allround champion, where a personal record in the 500 meter event, his weakest distance, gave him great prospects for the international allround championships.

On 14 January 2007, Kramer was crowned European Allround Champion in Collalbo, Italy. There had been a tight battle between Kramer and the 2006 winner Enrico Fabris. Fabris had won the two shorter and Kramer the two longer distances, but his overall score was lower than Fabris' (148.800 to 149.389). In addition, his times in the 5 and 10 km were new world records for outdoor skating. By skating a new personal best in the 1500 m Kramer overtook fellow Dutchman Jochem Uytdehaage and Enrico Fabris on the Adelskalender. On the Adelskalender he was ranked first as of 17 November 2007.

On 11 February 2007, Kramer became World Allround Champion for the first time. He skated the 500 m and the 10 km in personal bests, the latter in a new world record of 12:49.88.

At the World Championships of 2007 in Salt Lake City, Kramer participated in the 5000, 10,000 meters and the team pursuit. He won three out of three, the 10,000 m and the team pursuit in world records.

Kramer became Skater of the year. The female skater of the year was Ireen Wüst.

Season 2007–2008

In the first competition of the season Fabris beat Kramer in the 5000 meter where Fabris set a new world record, 6:07.40. A week later Kramer got his world record back with a time of 6:03.32.

In Kolomna, Russia, Kramer won the European Allround Championship for the second time.

On 10 February, Kramer became World Allround Champion in Berlin, Germany, also for the second time.

During the Essent ISU World Cup in Hamar (Norway) Kramer was awarded the Oscar Mathisen Award mainly due to the four world records he skated during 2007. Kramer skated four distances: 1500, 5000, 10,000 meters, and the team pursuit. In the 1500 meter event Kramer skated a good race and placed second, ahead of Olympic Champion Enrico Fabris and Shani Davis. Denny Morrison from Canada won the race. In the 5000 and 10,000 m distances, and the team pursuit, Kramer won three gold medals, just like the year before.

Kramer became Skater of the year for the second time in a row. The female skater of the year was Paulien van Deutekom.

Season 2008–2009

At the national single distance championships in Heerenveen, Kramer won the 1500, 5000 and the 10,000 meters; by winning these three distances he brought his national titles total up to 11.

He won gold at the national allround championships in Heerenveen and at the European allround championships in Heerenveen. At the world single distance championships in Vancouver Kramer won gold in the 5000, 10,000 meters, and the team pursuit.

Kramer won gold at the world allround championships in Hamar.

For the third time, he was chosen as "skater of the year" in the Netherlands and received the Ard Schenk Award.

Season 2009–2010

Sven Kramer Vancouver 2010 (5000 m)
Sven Kramer at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver

At the national championships for single distances in Heerenveen, Kramer won the 5000 and the 10,000 meters. He failed to qualify for the World Cup for the 1500 meters.

At the European allround championships in Hamar in January 2010 Kramer won gold. He became the all-round European champion for the fourth year in a row. He won the final 10,000 meter race from the Italian Enrico Fabris, who ended second in the overall rankings. Russian Ivan Skobrev finished third.

At the 2010 Winter Olympics, Kramer was the favourite to win three gold medals, like his countryman Ard Schenk at the 1972 Olympics in Sapporo. At the 5000 meters race of the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Kramer grabbed the gold medal with a new Olympic record of 6:14.60, beating the previous time of Jochem Uytdehaage by 0.06 seconds. He finished ahead of South Korean Lee Seung-hoon and Russian Ivan Skobrev, leaving four Olympic champions, Shani Davis, Enrico Fabris, Chad Hedrick and Bob de Jong, empty-handed.

Shortly after his 5000 meter victory, an NBC affiliated reporter asked Kramer to say his name, country and what he'd just won, to which Kramer replied "Are you stupid? Hell no, I'm not gonna do that."

In the 10,000 meter event, Kramer finished first, with a time of 12:54.50, only to be disqualified for incorrectly changing lanes during one of the later laps. As a result, Lee Seung-hoon won gold with a new Olympic record, 12:58.55. The lane change mistake was caused by incorrect directions shouted to Kramer by his coach, Gerard Kemkers, near the end of the race.

Kramer didn't participate at the Dutch national championships since he needed rest after the Olympic games in Vancouver, and to recover for the World Allround Championships in Heerenveen on 19–21 March.

At the World allround championships in Heerenveen on 19–21 March 2010, Kramer won an unprecedented fourth consecutive title. In the general classification after three distances, he ranked number 2, but in the final 10K race he skated 12:57.97 which was more than enough to pass Jonathan Kuck who was leading the overall classification before the start. Kuck ended number 2, Håvard Bøkko third. It also was Kramer's 8th consecutive championship title in European and World allround championship, another unprecedented feat.

Kramer became Skater of the year for the fourth time in a row. The female skater of the year was Ireen Wüst.

Season 2010–2011

Kramer did not participate in this season because of an injury to one of the nerves (neuropathy) in his leg.

Season 2011–2012

In the 2011–2012 season Kramer returned to professional speed skating. He completed the European allround championships in Budapest in first place, claiming his fifth European allround championship.

At the world allround championships in Moscow he also finished in first place claiming his fifth championship. This tied the record shared by Oscar Mathisen, who won his 5th title in 1914, and Clas Thunberg, who won his 5th title in 1931.

Season 2012–2013

Kramer won the European allround championships in Heerenveen in January for a record sixth time, tying the record of Rintje Ritsma.

Kramer also won the World Allround Championships in Hamar in February for a record sixth time.

Season 2013–2014

Men's 5000m, 2014 Winter Olympics, Podium with medals
Sven Kramer (center) won gold at the 5000 m in Sochi.

In preparation for the Winter Olympics, Kramer chose not to compete in the European allround championships.

At the 2014 Winter Olympics, Kramer won gold at the 5000 m with an Olympic record of 6:10.76. Kramer also won silver in the 10,000 m. He withdrew from the 1500 m.

Season 2014–2015

At the 2015 European allround championships in Chelyabinsk, Kramer won his 7th title.

Season 2015–2016

At the 2016 European allround championships in Minsk, Kramer won a record 8th title.

Season 2017–2018

At the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Kramer won the gold medal in the 5000 meter event, breaking his own Olympic record from 2014 with a time of 6:09.76. This was his third gold medal in a row in this event, and he became the only male speed skater to win the same Olympic event three times. He also became the first man to win eight Olympic medals in speed skating. In the 10,000 m event he finished sixth. In the following World championship allround he placed fourth overall.

Records

Personal records

Personal records
Men's speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
500 meter 36.17 27 December 2009 Heerenveen
1000 meter 1:09.77 28 February 2015 Calgary
1500 meter 1:43.54 11 December 2009 Salt Lake City
3000 meter 3:37.39 20 December 2019 Heerenveen
5000 meter 6:03.32 17 November 2007 Calgary
10000 meter 12:38.89 11 February 2017 Gangneung Dutch record
Team pursuit 3:34.68 15 February 2020 Salt Lake City Current world record (with Douwe de Vries and Marcel Bosker)

Source:

He is currently in 3rd position in the adelskalender.

World records

See also: List of world records in speed skating
Event Result Date Location Notes
5000 meter 6:08.78 19 November 2005 Salt Lake City
10000 meter 12:51.61 19 March 2006 Calgary
10000 meter 12:49.88 11 February 2007 Heerenveen
5000 meter 6:07.48 3 March 2007 Calgary
10000 meter 12:41.69 10 March 2007 Salt Lake City
Team pursuit 3:37.80 11 March 2007 Salt Lake City Together with Carl Verheijen and Erben Wennemars
5000 meter 6:03.32 17 November 2007 Calgary
Team pursuit 3:37.17 9 November 2013 Calgary Together with Koen Verweij and Jan Blokhuijsen
Team pursuit 3:35.60 16 November 2013 Salt Lake City Together with Koen Verweij and Jan Blokhuijsen
Team pursuit 3:34.68 15 February 2020 Salt Lake City Together with Douwe de Vries and Marcel Bosker

Olympic records

Event Result Date Location
5000 meter 6:09.76 11 February 2018 Gangneung, Pyeongchang
Team pursuit 3:37.71 22 February 2014 Sochi

Source:Vancouver 2010

Tournament overview


Season
Dutch
Championships
Single
Distances
Dutch
Championships
Allround
European
Championships
Allround
World
Championships
Allround
World
Championships
Single
Distances
Olympic
Games
World
Cup
GWC
World
Championships
Junior
Allround
European
Championships
Single
Distances

2003–2004
ROSEVILLE

13th 500m
2 3000m
11th 1500m
4th 5000m
2 overall
DNF Team pursuit

2004–2005

16th 1500m
4th 5000m

4th 500m
3 5000m
4th 1500m
2 10000m
1 overall
HEERENVEEN

10th 500m
3 5000m
4th 1500m
2 10000m
2 overall
MOSCOW

7th 500m
6th 5000m
6th 1500m
3 10000m
3 overall

12th 5000/10000km
SEINÄJOKI
6th 500m
1 3000m
1 1500m
1 5000m
1 overall
1 Team pursuit

2005–2006

3 1500m
2 5000m
2 10000m
HAMAR

18th 500m
2 5000m
8th 1500m
2 10000m
4th overall
CALGARY

14th 500m
1 5000m
13th 1500m
1 10000m
3 overall
TURIN

15th 1500m
2 5000m
7th 10000m
3 Team pursuit

2 5000/10000m
3 Team pursuit

2006–2007

1 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m

4th 500m
1 5000m
2 1500m
2 10000m
1 overall
COLLALBO

5th 500m
1 5000m
2 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HEERENVEEN

5th 500m
1 5000m
6th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
SALT LAKE CITY

1 5000m
1 10000m
1 Team pursuit

22nd 1500m
1 5000/10000m
1 Team pursuit

2007–2008

3 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m

1 500m
1 5000m
1 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
KOLOMNO

1 500m
1 5000m
3 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
BERLIN

3 500m
1 5000m
4th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
NAGANO

2 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m
1 Team pursuit

7th 1500m
2 5000/10000m
1 Team pursuit

2008–2009

1 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m

3 500m
1 5000m
1 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HEERENVEEN

5th 500m
1 5000m
1 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HAMAR

6th 500m
1 5000m
2 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
RICHMOND

8th 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m
1 Team pursuit

8th 1500m
1 5000/10000m
7th Team pursuit

2009–2010

10th 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m
HAMAR

4th 500m
1 5000m
2 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HEERENVEEN

6th 500m
1 5000m
4th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
VANCOUVER

13th 1500m
1 5000m
DQ 10000m
3 Team pursuit

27th 1500m
4th 5000/10000m
2 Team pursuit
2010–2011

2011–2012

3 5000m
3 10000m
BUDAPEST

12th 500m
1 5000m
1 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
MOSCOW

8th 500m
1 5000m
4th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HEERENVEEN

1 5000m
1 Team pursuit

32nd 1500m
2 5000/10000m
1 Team pursuit
10th Grand World Cup

2012–2013

1 5000m

5th 500m
1 5000m
1 1500m
2 10000m
1 overall
HEERENVEEN

7th 500m
1 5000m
8th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HAMAR

9th 500m
1 5000m
4th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
SOCHI

1 5000m
2 10000m
1 Team pursuit

3 5000/10000m
1 Team pursuit
7th Grand World Cup

2013–2014

1 5000m
1 10000m

4th 500m
DQ 5000m
DNS 1500m
DNS 10000m
DNQ overall
SOCHI

WDR 1500m
1 5000m
2 10000m
1 Team pursuit

3 5000/10000m
1 Team pursuit
12th Grand World Cup

2014–2015

1 1500m
1 5000m
9th 10000m

4th 500m
2 5000m
3 1500m
2 10000m
1 overall
CHELYABINSK

10th 500m
1 5000m
5th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
CALGARY

10th 500m
1 5000m
3 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HEERENVEEN

1 5000m
1 Team pursuit

14th 1500m
9th 5000/10000m
2 Team pursuit
19th Grand World Cup

2015–2016

8th 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m
MINSK

4th 500m
1 5000m
5th 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
BERLIN

9th 500m
1 5000m
3 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
KOLOMNO

1 5000m
1 10000m

43rd 1500m
1 5000/10000m
1 Team pursuit
8th Grand World Cup

2016–2017

1 1500m
1 5000m
2 10000m
HEERENVEEN

8th 500m
1 5000m
2 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
HAMAR

8th 500m
1 5000m
2 1500m
1 10000m
1 overall
GANGNEUNG

3 1500m
1 5000m
1 10000m

13th 1500m
9th 5000/10000m
1 Team pursuit
15th Grand World Cup

2017–2018

3 1500m
1 5000m
2 10000m
AMSTERDAM

6th 500m
2 5000m
5th 1500m
6th 10000m
4th overall
GANGNEUNG

1 5000m
6th 10000m
3 Team pursuit
16th Mass start

3 5000/10000m
7th Team pursuit
10th Grand World Cup

2018–2019

4th 1500m
3 5000m
COLLALBO
6th 500m
1 5000m
1 1500m
2 10000m
1 overall
CALGARY

9th 500m
2 5000m
3 1500m
4th 10000m
3 overall
INZELL

3 5000m
1 Team pursuit

48th 1500m
33rd 5000m

2019–2020

7th 1500m
2 5000m
HAMAR

19th 500m
9th 5000m
WDR 1500m
WDR 10000m
NC overall
SALT LAKE CITY

2 5000m
1 Team pursuit

39th 5000m
HEERENVEEN

2 5000m
1 Team pursuit

2020–2021

6th 1500m
2 5000m
6th 10000m
HEERENVEEN

19th 5000m

2 5000m
2 Team pursuit

Source:

  • DNF = Did not finish
  • DQ = Disqualified
  • WDR = Withdrew
  • NC = No classification

World Cup overview

Season 1500 meter
2004–2005
2005–2006
2006–2007 6th 7th
2007–2008 6th 20th 1 2 4th
2008–2009 1 11th 4th 6th
2009–2010 9th
2010–2011
2011–2012 2nd(b)
2012–2013
2013–2014
2014–2015 8th 7th 7th
2015–2016 19th
2016–2017 1 6th
2017–2018
2018–2019 4th(b)
2019–2020
2020–2021
Season 5000/10000 meter
2004–2005 6th 9th –* 5th –*
2005–2006 5th 1 5th* 5th 1 1
2006–2007 1 1 –* 1 1* 1
2007–2008 2 1 –* 1 –* 1
2008–2009 1 1 –* 1 1* 1
2009–2010 1 1 1* 1
2010–2011
2011–2012 2 1 9th* 2 –* 1
2012–2013 1 1 –* 1 –*
2013–2014 1 1 1*
2014–2015 1 –* 1
2015–2016 1 2 * 1 1 1
2016–2017 1 1 –*
2017–2018 1 1* 1
2018–2019 –* 3
2019–2020 13th DQ
2020–2021 2 3
Season Team Pursuit
2004–2005
2005–2006 1
2006–2007 1 1
2007–2008 1 1
2008–2009 1
2009–2010 1
2010–2011
2011–2012 1 1
2012–2013 1 1 1
2013–2014 1 1
2014–2015 1
2015–2016 1
2016–2017 1 1
2017–2018 1
2018–2019
2019–2020
2020–2021 1 4th

Source:

  • – = did not participate
  • * = 10000m
  • (b) = Division B

Medals won

Championship Gold
1
Silver
2
Bronze
3
Olympic Games 4 2 3
Dutch Single Distances 20 6 6
Dutch Allround 16 6 3
European Allround 33 8 2
European Single Distances 1 1 0
World Allround 29 4 8
World Single Distances 21 3 2
World Cup 72 13 6
World Junior 5 2 0
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