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Suzanne Schulting

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
NOCNetherlands
Born25 Sep 1997 in  Groningen
GenderWomen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationEuropean Studies - NTI Leiden: Netherlands
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 43.76 14 Jan 2012 Innsbruck  
    500m 38.35 29 Nov 2020 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:14.89 28 Nov 2020 Heerenveen  
    1500m 2:25.78 16 Jan 2012 Innsbruck  
    1500m 2:04.40 16 Dec 2014 Heerenveen  
    3000m 4:23.78 20 Dec 2014 Heerenveen  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursShe was named Dutch Sportswoman of the Year in 2018. (isu.org, 24 Jan 2019)

She was named Best Female Short Track Skater in the Netherlands at the 2018 Ard Schenk Awards Gala. (schaatsen.nl, 20 Mar 2018)

In March 2018 she was made a Knight of the Orde van Oranje-Nassau [Order of Orange Nassau] in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (schaatsen.nl, 26 Mar 2018; lintjes.nl, 2018)
 
NicknamesSuus (schaatsen.nl, 20 Mar 2018)  
Other sportsShe represented the Netherlands in speed skating at the 2012 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Innsbruck, Austria. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Mar 2019)  
MilestonesShe became the first Dutch athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in short track by claiming victory in the 1000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 10 Oct 2018; OIS, 22 Feb 2018)

She became the first female short track skater representing the Netherlands to win an overall world title when she claimed all-around gold at the 2019 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. (SportsDeskOnline, 20 Mar 2019; schaatsen.nl, 10 Mar 2019)
 
HobbiesWatching television, watching sports, going to restaurants, playing the piano. (olafhussein.com, 20 Nov 2020)  
AmbitionsTo win gold medals at both the 2021 World Championships in Dordrecht, Netherlands, and the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (olafhussein.com, 20 Nov 2020)  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/suzanneschultingNL/  
twitter.com/suzanschulting  
suzanneschulting.nl/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"My parents live in the middle of nowhere with little canals around their house. So, they were like, 'Okay, if it's frozen in the winter you can do some speed skating', and that's how I learned to speed skate. That's where it all started."  
Name of coachJeroen Otter [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up short track at age eight in Heerenveen, Netherlands.  
Training Regime"I wake up in the morning around 08:00. I go to the arena around 08:45. Start doing my warm up, sharpen my skates, and then I will be on the ice around 09:45 until 11:15 or 11:30. Then I go home, eat my lunch, maybe take a nap. Just chill. I go back to the arena to do weights or some cycling from 15:00 to 17:00. So, that's my day and that's six days a week."  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"What really drives me is the gold. The feeling of winning the gold medal is the best thing ever. You train so hard the whole summer just for the feeling of crossing the finish line first. I scream my guts out when I win. That feeling really keeps me motivated and it's like a drug. You want more and more and more." (olafhussein.com, 20 Nov 2020)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the overall competition at the 2019 World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, and claiming gold in the 1000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Mar 2019; schaatsen.nl, 10 Mar 2019)  
Other informationSPEED SKATING AND SHORT TRACK
In October 2018 she announced that she would be representing Team IKO in speed skating during the 2018/19 season. She planned to compete in both speed skating and short track in 2018/19 season, drawing inspiration from compatriot Jorien Ter Mors, but said that short track remains her priority. "Jorien is a pioneer in this field. I do not know exactly how I can develop on the long track, but as a girl I always dreamed of being able to compete as a speed skater for the medals, and we're going to see how it goes, but short track stays at number one." She did not sign for Team IKO ahead of the 2019/20 season, but still continued competing in speed skating at national level in the Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 08 Dec 2020; nl.iko.com, 01 Oct 2019; schaatsen.nl, 02 Oct 2018; heerenveensecourant.nl, 02 Oct 2018; nos.nl, 02 Oct 2018)

UNEXPECTED MEDAL
She was a member of the Dutch women's 3000m relay team that won a bronze medal at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang despite not qualifying for the A final. Two out of four teams in the A final were disqualified, meaning the Dutch team - who won the B final in world record time - were awarded the bronze medal. (bbc.com, 20 Feb 2018; deadspin.com, 21 Feb 2018)
 
Most influential person in careerHer parents, and coach Jeroen Otter. (Athlete, 13 Jan 2017)  
Hero / IdolDutch short track skater Sjinkie Knegt. (Athlete, 13 Jan 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m8  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m14