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Esmee Visser

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED22701199601
NOCNetherlands
Born27 Jan 1996 in  Leiden
GenderWomen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationPharmacy - Utrecht University [UU]: Amsterdam, NED
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.55 22 Dec 2015 Inzell  
    1000m 1:21.30 20 Dec 2015 Inzell  
    1500m 2:00.54 21 Oct 2018 Inzell  
    3000m 4:00.97 27 Oct 2018 Heerenveen  
    5000m 6:50.23 16 Feb 2018 Gangneung  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    5000m 1      
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    3000m 1      
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/esmee.visser.1  
twitter.com/esmee_visser  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTalentNED [NED] / IJsclub Nut & Vermaak [NED]:  
Name of coachPeter Kolder [TalentNED], NED; Wouter olde Heuvel, NED, from 2018  
Training RegimeShe trains for up to 26 hours a week.  
Reason for choosing this sport"My father was skating already and passed on his love for it to me and my sister. He took us to the ice rink."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age eight in Leiden, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Do what you love to do." (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Most influential person in careerHer parents. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesIn March 2017 she ruptured her groin. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 5000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
HobbiesInline skating, cycling, tennis. (Facebook profile, 31 Dec 2017)  
Other informationPRE-RACE NERVES
She says she is a perfectionist, which often leads to her becoming very nervous ahead of competitions. "I want to do it right. I'm afraid I'm not doing going to do it well enough. Fortunately, I can deal with my nerves better and I manage to calm myself down before the start. I often seek the people around me who can cheer me up. I also see the races more and more like training so I know I don't suddenly have to skate differently or anything." (ad.nl, 31 Oct 2017)
 
Awards and honoursIn March 2018 she was made a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (schaatsen.nl, 26 Mar 2018; lintjes.nl, 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 3000m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m1  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 3000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 5000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m31