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Jorien ter Mors


SportSpeed Skating
Born21 Dec 1989 in  Enschede
ResidenceOldeberkoop, NED
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationPsychology - Saxion University of Applied Sciences: Enschede, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.39 26 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:12.53 25 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:53.51 16 Feb 2014 Sochi  
    3000m 4:02.23 06 Dec 2013 Berlin  
    5000m 7:06.79 30 Dec 2012 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    1000m 1      
    1500m 1      
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m 1   1  
    1500m 1      
World Sprint Championships
World Sprint Championships
    Overall 1   2  
European Sprint Championships
European Sprint Championships
    Overall   1    
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Combining different disciplines makes you stronger. That is what I believe in." (, 14 Jan 2014)  
InjuriesAn ankle injury forced her to miss some of the 2020 National Championships in the Netherlands. (, 28 Nov 2020)

She underwent a knee operation in October 2018. She was out of action for nine months but says it took her three years to fully recover from the injury. (, 29 Oct 2021;, 21 Nov 2020, 01 Nov 2019;, 10 Jan 2019)

A back injury meant she missed the 2017 World Cup event in Stavanger, Norway. (, 15 Nov 2017)
HobbiesMotorbikes, cars. (, 10 Jan 2019)  
MilestonesShe became the first female athlete to win medals in two different sports at the same edition of the Olympic Winter Games when she claimed bronze in short track and gold in speed skating at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang. At the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi she had become the first female athlete to compete in both short track and speed skating at the same edition of the Olympic Winter Games. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Nov 2021;, 12 Jun 2018, 20 Mar 2018;, 20 Feb 2018;, 20 Feb 2018;, 18 Sep 2017; ONS, 16 Feb 2014)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Afterpay: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
Hero / IdolDutch hockey player Wietske de Ruiter. (, 08 Sep 2009)  
Awards and honoursShe was the female recipient of the Ard Schenk Award in 2016 and 2018 as the best speed skater in the Netherlands. (, 20 Mar 2018, 15 Mar 2016)

She was flag bearer for the Netherlands at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (ONS, 07 Feb 2014)

In 2008 she received the Short Track Talent Award from the Royal Dutch Skating Association [KNSB]. (, 01 Dec 2011)
Other informationRETIREMENT
She retired following the 2022 Dutch National Sprint Championships in Heerenveen. "Retiring gives you mixed feelings. I've been struggling with myself for a while about what I was going to do. When you finally make the decision, there is a feeling of relief. I didn't skate well in the Olympic qualifying tournament, so after that the first emotional decision was, 'I'm done with this'. I still had thoughts that it would be a new year with a new chapter, but then you start thinking. I noticed I no longer had a goal in mind. Then you notice that the fire just goes out. I'm someone who always wants to give 100% and I couldn't do that anymore. Then you have to honestly look at yourself in the mirror and say that you are going to stop. I am going to start a new chapter. I've got lots of plans, but first I want to take the time to reflect. First I'm going to enjoy what I've achieved, because when you're in the middle of that world of elite sports you don't give yourself the time to be proud of what you have accomplished. Now I am very proud of my career." (, 24 Jan 2022; Instagram profile, 23 Jan 2022)

She was a member of the Dutch women's short track 3000m relay team that won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang despite not qualifying for the A final. Two out of four teams in the A final were disqualified, meaning the Dutch team - who won the B final in a world-record time - were presented with the bronze medal. (, 21 Feb 2018;, 20 Feb 2018)

She worked as an analyst for the Dutch Broadcasting Foundation [NOS] covering short track at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. In October 2018 she launched her own line of jewellery called 'van Jorien'. (Instagram profile, 05 Feb 2022;, 10 Jan 2019)
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at about age 11 in the Netherlands. She initially competed in short track before later taking up speed skating.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsShe competed in both speed skating and short track at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014 and 2018. (Pyeongchang Entries, 14 Feb 2018; SportsDeskOnline, 22 Feb 2014)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHer father introduced her to skating. She decided to take up speed skating in order to improve her physique for short track.  
General Interest
General Interest
NicknamesJoris (, 20 Nov 2012)  
Social Media
Social Media  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerShort track coach Jeroen Otter. (ONS, 16 Feb 2014)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m5  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m6  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m9  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 Stavanger 1000m1  
    2013/2014 Berlin Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 Erfurt 1000m1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 1000m2  
    2016/2017 Astana 1000m2  
    2015/2016 Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2012/2013 Heerenveen Mass Start 15 Laps2  
    2019/2020 Minsk 1000m2  
    2017/2018 Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2020/2021 Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2017/2018 Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2015/2016 Heerenveen 500m3  
    2016/2017 Astana 1500m3  
    2015/2016 Stavanger 500m3  
    2012/2013 Heerenveen 3000m3  
    2016/2017 Berlin 1000m3  
    2017/2018 Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 1000m5  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification Overall8  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 500m8  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1000m10  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1000m10  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification Mass Start 15 Laps11  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 3000/5000m17  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 1500m17  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1000m19  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 1500m20  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 1500m20  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification Overall20  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 500m20  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification Overall22  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 1500m24  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 1500m25  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification Overall28  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 3000/5000m28  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 500m29  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 1500m31  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 500m33  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 500m36