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Koen Verweij

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED12608199001
NOCNetherlands
Born26 Aug 1990 in  Alkmaar
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Jutta Leerdam
OccupationCoach
LanguagesDutch, English, French, Russian, Spanish, Swedish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 35.64 12 Feb 2011 Calgary  
    1000m 1:06.94 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:41.63 09 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:09.51 10 Nov 2013 Calgary  
    10000m 13:08.97 13 Feb 2011 Calgary  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1500m   1    
    Mass Start 16 Laps     1  
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps 1   1  
World Allround Championships
Event  
World Allround Championships
    Allround 1   1  
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps 2   1  
    Allround 2 1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1500m     1  
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps 3   1  
European Championships
Event  
European Championships
    Allround   2 1  
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    1500m     1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/koen.verweij.33  
twitter.com/verweijkoen  
www.koenverweij.com/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He did inline skating and speed skating as a child, but at age 16 he began to focus solely on speed skating.  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursHe was nominated for the 2009 Dutch Sport Talent of the Year award. (nocnsf.nl, 2009)  
InjuriesHe was infected with the CMV virus that affected his performances in 2017/18, including at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "I had frequent fever and kidney problems before the Games." (nos.nl, 25 Jun 2018)

He missed the whole of the 2015/16 season and only competed in a limited number of competitions during the 2016/17 season due to injuries and motivational issues. (nu.nl, 28 Oct 2017; proskating.nl, 01 Dec 2015; ad.nl, 30 Oct 2017)
 
Famous relativesHis partner Jutta Leerdam represents the Netherlands in speed skating. (show.nl, 23 May 2017)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, and to set a world record. (schaatsen.nl, 09 Oct 2018)  
Other informationTAKING A BREAK
In June 2018 he announced that he would not compete in the 2018/19 season as he was unable to find sponsors or raise enough money to form his own team. He continued training and coaching younger skaters, and planned to return to competing in 2019. "It has been three and a half years since I signed my last contract at Corendon. The last two years have cost me a lot of money. Financial stress can have a big impact on your body. Skating became a very expensive hobby for me. I would like to go for the Olympics one more time [in 2022], that's all that counts for me, and setting a world record, but only in a very good team where everything is well organised." (ad.nl, 10 Oct 2018; nos.nl, 09 Oct 2018; schaatsen.nl, 25 Jun 2018)

TRAINING GROUP
At the beginning of the 2016/17 season he was training without a team and being financed to train and compete by real estate magnate Dirk-Jan Bakker. In June 2017 he joined the Russian Federation training group coached by Kosta Poltavets in order to qualify for the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. "In the Netherlands, I could not gather the right collective around me to create the best sporting route, and then I looked at who I wanted to have around and it was Kosta. If Kosta had been training the Chinese team, then I would have been with the Chinese team." (nu.nl, 28 Oct 2017; schaatsen.nl, 07 Jun 2017, 22 Sep 2016)

SOCHI DISSAPOINTMENT
He missed out on the gold medal in the 1500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi by three one-thousandths of a second. He was initially judged to have matched the time of Polish skater Zbigniew Brodka before race officials determined that Brodka had been victorious by the slight margin. “When I crossed the finish line, I saw I had the same time. You hope it falls on your side but it didn't. You can't describe it. Still, silver, I don't know, it doesn't feel that good. I really wanted gold. The silver medal is for the first loser." (reuters.com, 15 Feb 2014)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold at the 2014 World Allround Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)  
Other sportsHe has competed in roller speed skating, and finished seventh in the marathon at the 2012 World Championships in Ascoli Piceno, Italy. (SportsDeskOnline, 24 Jan 2014)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships Allround1  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 5000m2  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround2  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m2  
    2014/2015 European Championships Allround2  
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 10000m3  
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m3  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 500m2  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2010/2011 European Championships Allround3  
    2010/2011 World Allround Championships Allround4  
    2011/2012 European Championships Allround4  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m6  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m7  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround9  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m9  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m11  
    2008/2009 European Championships Allround12  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1500m14  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m14  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Astana Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Kolomna 1500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Astana 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 1500m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m4  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m5  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall8  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m9  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m11  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m11  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m11  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m16  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps20  
    2009/2010 World Cup 5000/10000m21  
    2013/2014 World Cup 5000/10000m24  
    2014/2015 World Cup 5000/10000m24  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall27  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall28  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall32  
    2011/2012 World Cup 5000/10000m33  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m36  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps42