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Femke Kok

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
NOCNetherlands
Born05 Oct 2000 in  Drachten
GenderWomen
ResidenceNij Beets, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch
Higher educationBusiness Administration - Groningen University: Netherlands
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.03 06 Jan 2018 Inzell  
    1000m 1:16.99 04 Nov 2018 Heerenveen  
    1500m 2:00.71 02 Nov 2018 Heerenveen  
    3000m 4:22.48 27 Oct 2018 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    500m 1 1    
    1000m 1 1    
    1500m 1 1    
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1 1    
    Team Sprint 2      
    Allround 2      
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    500m   1    
    Team Sprint 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    Team Sprint   1    
European Sprint Championships
Event  
European Sprint Championships
    Overall     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/Femke-Kok-103441084854690  
twitter.com/KokFemke  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED; Michel Mulder [club], NED  
Reason for choosing this sport"I used to go skating with my parents back in the days when there were still cold winters. I used to do gymnastics alongside speed skating as a kid. Therefore I was very agile and I think that helps a lot in learning technique. My father also guided me a lot. I've been working on my technique since I was a little kid. My father even adjusted my skates to help me learn to lean over my right leg when putting the skate on the ice."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age two. At about age seven or eight she joined the De Kluners speed skating club in Drachten, Netherlands.  
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesSocialising with family and friends, boating, cooking, shopping, travel. (orangegas.nl, 01 Jan 2021; schaatsteamreggeborgh.nl, 14 Feb 2020)  
Awards and honoursShe has received the Egbert van 't Oever Encouragement Prize on two occasions. The prize is given to the most promising young Dutch speed skater. (schaatsen.nl, 01 Feb 2020)  
Famous relativesHer father skated in A Division marathons in the Netherlands, while her mother competed in speed skating at club level. (spelersvrouw.nl, 08 Jun 2021; omropfryslan.nl, 18 Jan 2021)  
Other informationPSYCHOLOGICAL HELP
She sought the help of a sports psychologist early in her career. "I never won anything as a kid, I was always so nervous. In training I could skate way faster than in the races. It got worse and worse, even to a point that I loathed racing, while I loved speed skating. I put way too much pressure on myself. When I was [age] 15, I even visited a sports psychologist. With the help of the sports psychologist I changed my mindset and from then on, I could cope with the nerves way better. Of course I'm still nervous at the start, but it doesn't affect my racing so much anymore." (isu.org, 06 Feb 2021)
 
InjuriesA groin injury meant her training was disrupted ahead of the 2021 National Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. She went on to place second in the 500m at the tournament. (nu.nl, 30 Oct 2021)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games. (orangegas.nl, 01 Jan 2021)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Try to stay as calm as possible." (trouw.nl, 01 Nov 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m2  
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 500m4  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m9  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m43