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Gerben Jorritsma

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED12108199301
NOCNetherlands
Born21 Aug 1993 in  Diever
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Marie
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.53 22 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:07.20 14 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    1500m 1:44.43 20 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:47.28 11 Mar 2012 Breda  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/gerben.jorritsma  
twitter.com/gerbenjorritsma  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHis mother encouraged him to take up speed skating in the winter to keep him fit for roller skating.  
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began roller skating as a young child with the skating club Lindenoord in Wolvega, Netherlands. He later progressed to speed skating.  
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
HobbiesDrawing. (hpdetijd.nl, 19 Dec 2015)  
InjuriesHe suffered a groin injury in late 2015. He returned to competition at the 2016 Dutch National Championships. (schaatsen.nl, 21 Jan 2016)  
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 seven Dutch speed skaters who were without a club 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]. (schaatsen.nl, 17 Oct 2018; 28 Sep 2018)

ARTIST
He uses drawing as a way to relax, and specialises in black and white pencil drawings. "Skating is my life. I'm always doing it, so it is good to have something else to do in your spare time. We spend a lot of afternoons bored and sitting in your hotel room because we have to rest. I watch a movie, or I draw. So long as I keep skating, I will keep drawing." (hpdetijd.nl, 19 Dec 2015)
 
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m1  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 500m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m12  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m15  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall18  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps22  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m23  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps26  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall44  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m45