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Thomas Krol

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11608199201
NOCNetherlands
Born16 Aug 1992 in  Deventer
GenderMen
ResidenceNetherlands
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationAviation Studies - University of Amsterdam: Netherlands
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.02 28 Jan 2012 Collalbo  
    500m 35.14 28 Dec 2018 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:06.25 09 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:40.54 10 Mar 2019 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:46.30 28 Dec 2010 Heerenveen  
    10000m 14:40.13 18 Mar 2012 Enschede  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    1500m   1    
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps 1   1  
    Allround   1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m   1    
    1500m 1 1 1  
    Team Sprint 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    1000m   1    
    1500m 1 1    
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/Thomas-Krol-638731543129895  
twitter.com/ThomasKrol  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Jumbo-Visma: Netherlands  
Name of coachJac Orie [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in 1999 in Deventer, Netherlands.  
Reason for choosing this sportHis sister was already involved in the sport.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 23 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolSlovak cyclist Peter Sagan. (Athlete, 23 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Little work, big achievement." (Athlete, 23 Nov 2018)  
Other informationFLYING HIGH
He has studied to become a pilot at the University of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. "I think planes are fantastic and I regularly sit at home simulating flights. The study is not a top priority, but I think it is important to have in mind. Many people do not, and I find that quite worrying. I always recommend studying." (schaatsen.nl, 22 Oct 2019)

DISTANCE FAVOURITE
His favourite distance to race is the 1000m, even though he won gold in the 1500m at the 2019 World Single Distances Championships in Inzell, Germany. "It may sound strange if you are the world champion in the 1500m, but I think the 1000m is the nicest to ride. This is mainly due to the top speed. Would I rather become a world champion in the 1000m? No, absolutely not. The 1500m is the hardest distance and also the royal number. I am very proud of my title." (teamjumbovisma.com, 16 Nov 2019; schaatsen.nl, 22 Oct 2019; insidethegames.biz, 10 Feb 2019; isu.org, 16 Dec 2018)
 
HobbiesFlight simulation, playing video games. (schaatsen.nl, 22 Oct 2019)  
InjuriesHe tore a muscle in his groin in 2016. (Athlete, 23 Nov 2018)

In 2010 he injured the iliopsoas muscle in his hip and was unable to skate for two weeks. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2015)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 1500m at the 2019 World Single Distances Championships in Inzell, Germany. (schaatsen.nl, 22 Oct 2019)  
Awards and honoursIn 2019 he was inducted into the Hall of Fame of Deventer in the Netherlands. (schaatsen.nl, 22 Oct 2019; rtvoost.nl, 20 Feb 2019)

He was named the 2016 Male Athlete of the Year in Deventer, Netherlands. (deventerpost.nl, 06 Feb 2017)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1500m1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m2  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m3  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2018/2019 European Sprint Championships Overall17  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan 1000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 1500m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 1000m1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Hamar 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1000m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 1500m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 1500m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1500m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m4  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m5  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m5  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall7  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m7  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m7  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m8  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m8  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m10  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall15  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall18  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall24  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m28  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m31  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m36