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Nils van der Poel


SportSpeed Skating
Born25 Apr 1996 in  Trollhättan
ResidenceTrollhättan, SWE
LanguagesEnglish, Swedish
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.87 07 Jan 2017 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:13.92 15 Nov 2014 Hamar  
    1500m 1:47.63 06 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:16.03 01 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    10000m 13:04.79 11 Dec 2016 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    5000m 2      
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachMattias Hadders [national], SWE  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up ice hockey at age six and first tried speed skating at age eight in Trollhattan, Sweden. He began focusing solely on the track at age 10.  
Club / TeamSK Trollhattan: Sweden  
Reason for choosing this sportHe took up skating because his sister had a pair of boots that she did not want to use anymore. He began speed skating as his father convinced him it would help him become a better ice hockey player.  
General Interest
General Interest
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 05 Jan 2017)  
HobbiesPlaying the guitar, sport in general, skydiving. (, 23 Jan 2017;, 17 Jan 2017)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Have fun and enjoy." (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 5000m at the 2014 World Junior Championships in Bjugn, Norway and the 2015 World Junior Championships in Warsaw, Poland. (Athlete, 26 Jan 2017; 11 Nov 2017)  
Hero / IdolSwedish ultra distance runner Rune Larsson. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
Other informationBREAK
He took a six-month break from skating in the early part of 2015 after becoming tired of the sport. He spent three months training with the Swedish military during this period. "I was 18 years old and all I did was go to school and go skating. I just wanted to do things like other guys of my age." (, 23 Jan 2017)
Most influential person in careerCoach Mattias Hadders. (Athlete, 11 Nov 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 10000m1  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround6  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 10000m8  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround12  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m14  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships Allround19  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2016/2017 World Cup 5000/10000m19  
    2017/2018 World Cup 5000/10000m22  
    2014/2015 World Cup 5000/10000m22