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Kai Verbij


SportSpeed Skating
Born25 Sep 1994 in  Leiderdorp
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
LanguagesDutch, English, German, Japanese
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.13 09 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:06.73 25 Feb 2017 Calgary  
    1500m 1:45.41 22 Mar 2015 Calgary  
    5000m 6:56.25 18 Dec 2011 Inzell  
    5000m 6:56.25 18 Dec 2011 Inzell  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    2 x 500m 1      
    1000m 1 1    
    1500m   1    
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps     1  
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m     1  
World Sprint Championships
World Sprint Championships
    Overall 1   2  
European Sprint Championships
European Sprint Championships
    Overall 1      
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED  
Reason for choosing this sportHis parents introduced him to the sport.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age six in Leiden, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Little work, big achievements." (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)  
InjuriesHe sustained a muscle injury on his way to finishing second in the 500m at the Dutch Olympic trials in December 2017. The injury forced him out of the 1000m at the trials, and put his Olympic participation in doubt. He was still able to compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 28 Dec 2017;, 13 Sep 2018)  
Most influential person in careerHis mother, and US speed skater Shani Davis. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017, 02 Dec 2015)  
Hero / IdolJapanese footballer Keisuke Honda, Argentinian footballer Lionel Messi. (Athlete, 24 Feb 2016, 02 Dec 2015)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the sprint combination at the 2017 World Sprint Championships in Calgary, AB, Canada. (Athlete, 13 Nov 2017)  
Other informationNEW TEAM FOR 2018/19
In 2018/19 he became part of a new commercial team sponsored by Reggeborgh Groep, under coach Gerald van Velde. Prior to that he had been part of a group of Dutch speed skaters training under van Velde who were without a team sponsor at the start of the season, and were supported by the Royal Dutch Skating Federation in conjunction with the Dutch Olympic Committee*Dutch Sports Federation [NOS*NSF]. (, 17 Oct 2018; 28 Sep 2018)

He has a Dutch father and a Japanese mother. He decided to compete for the Netherlands due to its history in speed skating and the fact that his Japanese was limited. "The teams and the people I train with in the Netherlands are better. Things are going very well with Japanese skating and there is a lot of money there, but the best skaters for me are in the Netherlands. It is much nicer if you can compete with them. My teammates are strong and I have a good rapport with them. I do speak some Japanese but I cannot have in-depth conversations and I do not know if I would be very happy if I could not say what I want.'' (Facebook profile, 30 Aug 2014;, 13 Sep 2018)
HobbiesMaking music. (Twitter profile, 11 Aug 2017)  
Other sportsHe has competed in short track at national level in the Netherlands. (, 2011)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2016/2017 European Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2015/2016 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2018 Olympic Games 1000m6  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1000m7  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m9  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin Qualification Combination Sprint1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 1000m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 1000m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Sprint3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Inzell 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall4  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m4  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m4  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m7  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m7  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall10  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m13  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m34  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m41  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall40