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Kjeld Nuis

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11011198901
NOCNetherlands
Born10 Nov 1989 in  Leiden
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Jill de Robles, son Jax [2016], one daughter
ResidenceEmmen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, French, Spanish
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.79 13 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    1000m 1:06.51 26 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:42.14 20 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:21.30 02 Feb 2008 Groningen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m 1      
    1500m 1      
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m 1 2 2  
    1500m 1 1    
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Overall   2 1  
European Sprint Championships
Event  
European Sprint Championships
    Overall   1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.kjeldnuis.nl/  
www.facebook.com/kjeld.nuis  
twitter.com/KjeldNuis  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam LottoNL-Jumbo: Netherlands  
Reason for choosing this sportHis first recollection of skating was of watching Dutch speed skater Rintje Ritsma compete in a World Cup race on television. He took up the sport because he enjoyed the movement and the feeling of it.  
Name of coachJac Orie [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age seven on a course in Leiden, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesInline skating, break dancing, music, snowboarding. (kjeldnuis.nl, 2015)  
Other informationCONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
After winning two gold medals at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, he had a difficult contract negotiation process with Team LottoNL-Jumbo. He spent some time training alone, before resigning with the team in May 2018 for two seasons. "I spoke with Jac Orie and said that I have been waiting for a long time. He indicated that he was working on it and that the sponsors had good intentions. It was a pity that it was not arranged faster and that I missed the first training and had to work on my own [for a bit]." (nos.nl, 24 Apr 2018; rtvdrenthe.nl, 04 May 2018)

SPEED RECORD
In March 2018 he set a record for the fastest speed achieved on ice skates in Lulea, Sweden. He reached a top speed of 93kph on a 1500m-long natural ice track, protected from winds by a front-runner car with an air shield. "It was a pretty weird experience. It was like I was flying on the ice. My performance is a team effort, because more than 40 people were involved in the preparation. I am almost as thrilled as I was at the Olympic Games." (lequipe.fr, 29 Mar 2018)

SPORTS PSYCHOLOGIST
After missing out on selection for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, he began seeing a sports psychologist. Prior to this he says he was easily affected by factors out of his control, such as an ice resurfacer coming on just before his race. Through the psychologist he says he has learned to adjust his mental approach and accept things that are out of his control, and has implemented techniques such as breathing exercises, counting heartbeats and writing things down to cope with stress. "I am convinced that it works for me." (nsl.nl, 30 Dec 2017; nos.nl, 18 Oct 2017)

HANDS OF TIME
He has a large tattoo of a clock being held up by two hands on his left upper arm with letters on the clock-face. "The letters are the initials of my parents and my little brother. It stands for timeless love. My parents and my brother have always been there for me. It is just nice to show that the meaning of the tattoo is something human." (hpdetijd.nl, 21 Nov 2015)
 
Most influential person in careerHis father, and his partner. (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
InjuriesHe suffered a minor shoulder injury after he fell off his mountain bike while training in December 2016. He recovered in time to compete at the 2016 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, where he triumphed in the 1000m and 1500m. (isu.org, 10 Dec 2016)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 1000m and 1500m at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (nos.nl, 12 Feb 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Carpe diem." [Sieze the day] (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Awards and honoursIn April 2018 he was named an honorary citizen of Emmen by the city mayor Eric van Oosterhout. (ad.nl, 08 Apr 2018)

In March 2018 he was made a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of the gold medal he won at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (shaatsen.nl, 26 Mar 2018; lintjes.nl, 2018)

In March 2018 he was the male recipient of the Ard Schenk Award in the Netherlands. (schaatsen.nl, 28 Mar 2018)
 
Famous relativesHis partner Jill de Robles was named Miss Holland in 2011. (rtvdrenthe.nl, 03 Dec 2015)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m1  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2013/2014 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m8  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1500m10  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall1  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1500m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1500m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar 1500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 1000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 1000m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall4  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall6  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall6  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m10  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1500m10  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall11  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m15  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m20  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1500m20  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m19  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m27  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m36  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m39  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m40  
    2009/2010 World Cup 1000m51