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Stien Vanhoutte


SportSpeed Skating
Born14 Mar 1996 in  Ostend
ResidenceGistel, BEL
OccupationAthlete, Physiotherapist
LanguagesDutch, English, French
Higher educationExercise Rehabilitation Studies, Physiotherapy - Ghent University: Belgium
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.19 31 Jan 2021 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:17.54 11 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    1500m 1:59.95 12 Dec 2021 Calgary  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportShe has represented Belgium in roller speed skating, and was inspired to try speed skating by other athletes who had made the switch. "I was looking for a new challenge. I have always loved inline speed skating but one of my dreams is to compete at the Olympic Winter Games. Seeing many inline skaters become successful on the ice, I wanted to give it a shot as well."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began inline skating at age eight, and took up speed skating in 2018 at age 22. She first got involved in the sport at the Thialf Academy in Heerenveen, Netherlands, through the International Skating Union [ISU] 'Road to Ice' programme.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Simon Kuipers, and her family. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2021)  
Hero / IdolSpanish roller speed skater Ioseba Fernandez, US speed skater Joey Mantia. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Other informationFURTHER EDUCATION
In 2022 she graduated with a master's degree in physiotherapy from Ghent University in Belgium. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Sep 2022;, 11 Nov 2022; Instagram profile, 08 Oct 2022)
Awards and honoursIn 2022 she received the Benny Vansteelant Award from Ghent University. The award recognises the university's top student-athlete of the year. (, 11 Nov 2022)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Never stop trying to improve yourself, but most of all enjoy what you're doing." (Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
HobbiesDrawing, spending time with family. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2021; Instagram profile, 07 Sep 2020)  
Other sportsShe has represented Belgium at the roller speed skating world championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Jan 2021;, 21 Jun 2020)  
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting in speed skating at the European championships and world sprint championships, and winning two gold medals in roller speed skating at the 2019 European Championships in Pamplona, Spain. (Athlete, 20 Jan 2021)  
Famous relativesHer younger sister Fran has represented Belgium in speed skating at youth level, including at the 2020 Winter Youth Olympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland. She has also competed in roller speed skating at the world championships and European championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 11 Nov 2022; Athlete, 15 Nov 2019)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps5  
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall13  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 500m14  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m17  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m18  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m22  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall24  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m22  
    2020/2021 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps28  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m29  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps32  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m43  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m44  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m53