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Cornelius Kersten

Great Britain

SportSpeed Skating
NOCGreat Britain
Born19 Jul 1994 in  Haarlem
FamilyPartner Ellia Smeding
ResidenceHeemstede, NED
OccupationAthlete, Business Owner
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationEngineering, Industrial Management - NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 35.60 02 Oct 2021 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:07.33 12 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    1500m 1:44.29 11 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    5000m 7:14.86 11 Mar 2014 Heerenveen  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Worldstream: Netherlands  
Name of coachKosta Poltavets [club], RUS  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began speed skating at a young age in Haarlem, Netherlands.  
Reason for choosing this sport"My father took me to the rink and I liked doing it, so it stuck."  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
InjuriesIn 2015 he damaged his front tooth, broke his collarbone, and sustained a concussion. He was out of action for five months as a result of his injuries. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)

He has battled regular groin injuries during his career. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)
Memorable sporting achievementCompeting at the 2017 Winter World University Games in Almaty, Kazakhstan, and the 2018 World Sprint Championships in Changchun, People's Republic of China. (Athlete, 16 Nov 2018)  
NicknamesCorno (, 04 Feb 2018)  
Other sportsHe has competed in road cycling as part of the Botje Racing fixed gear team in the Netherlands. (, 08 Sep 2020; Instagram profile, 08 Dec 2020)  
Famous relativesHis partner Ellia Smeding has represented Great Britain in speed skating and competed at the 2020 European Single Distances Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 19 Jan 2021;, 13 Jun 2020)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. (, 17 Dec 2020)  
Other informationBUSINESS VENTURE
In 2020 he and his partner Ellia Smeding started their own coffee business called Brew '22. The venture was intended as a way to help fund his and Smeding's bid to compete at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, and they also hoped to fund other speed skaters with the profits. "Long track speed skating is a beautiful but quite an unknown sport, particularly in the United Kingdom, without a single 400 metre rink in the country. Since speed skating is so obscure, it is very hard to find funding through sponsorship. So we decided to try and fund our campaign ourselves. My partner Ellia and I have been passionate about coffee for a long time now. Whenever we travelled around for World Cups, training camps or other competitions it would always be hard to find good coffee. We put our favourite beans together and came up with three blends and two single origins, all named after specific athletes' characteristics with colourways inspired by the Olympic rings. This is also where the name Brew '22 came from, we want to use our company to 'brew' ourselves to the 2022 Games." (, 17 Dec 2020;, 08 Sep 2020;, 13 Jun 2020)

Born in Haarlem, Netherlands, he is eligible to compete for Great Britain through his mother. "The idea has always been there to represent Great Britain. I have always loved watching Team GB perform and seeing them on TV. They always seemed like the best, the most beautiful and the strongest team and the connection was always there." (, 21 Oct 2021)

He has also studied at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. (Facebook profile, 30 Aug 2021)
Sporting philosophy / motto"It's an everlasting quest, and a very unnatural sport. Humans have evolved to stand up straight and walk forward, and in speed skating you're springing down and pushing to the side. When you hit it, it's a beautiful feeling." (, 21 Oct 2021)  
Hero / IdolBritish short track skater Elise Christie. (, 21 Oct 2021)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1000m4  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m9  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m11  
    2018/2019 European Sprint Championships Overall18  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1500m18  
    2022 Olympic Games 1500m19  
    2017/2018 World Sprint Championships Overall20  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps23  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m25  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m8  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m21  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m34  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps46  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m54  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m56  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m59  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m67