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Carlijn Schoutens

United States

SportSpeed Skating
NOCUnited States
Born12 Dec 1994 in  Trenton, NJ
ResidenceWest Jordan, UT, USA
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationMedicine - Vrije University Amsterdam: Netherlands
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 41.33 17 Mar 2017 Calgary  
    1000m 1:19.51 15 Oct 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:59.97 19 Mar 2017 Calgary  
    3000m 4:05.54 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 7:06.94 14 Oct 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"I followed my sister, who is two years older than me, and seemed to be having a lot of fun with it."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at age five at the Jaap Edenbaan ice rink in Amsterdam, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerAll her coaches. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning bronze in team pursuit at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Work hard, work smart and have fun." (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
In April 2019 she announced she was retiring from the sport to focus on her medical studies. "I feel like I'm running away from the sport quite young. But I have peace with that, because I really want to do something else. I am happy with what I did as a skater. I got much more out of it than I ever thought." (, 09 Apr 2019)

She was born in the United States of America to Dutch parents. Her family moved to the Netherlands at age six, and she competed for the Dutch team at junior level. At the end of the 2013/14 season she took advantage of her dual nationality and began competing for the United States of America. The competition for places in the Dutch team was one of the main motivating factors in her decision to switch nations. "It's fun. I'm so glad I did it." (, 06 Dec 2014)
HobbiesPlaying games, playing the violin. (, 14 Jan 2015)  
Hero / IdolUS speed skater Shani Davis. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesShe suffered a severe concussion in 2015 following a fall in training. The injury meant she was sidelined throughout the whole of the 2015/16 season. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018, 10 Nov 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games Team Pursuit 6 Laps3  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps7  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m11  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround22  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships Allround22  
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m22  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup 3000/5000m13  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m16  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps31  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m51