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Melissa Wijfje

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED22107199501
NOCNetherlands
Born21 Jul 1995 in  Ter Aar
GenderWomen
FamilyPartner Marcel Bosker
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationCommerce, Economics - Johan Cruyff Academy: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.83 01 Feb 2020 Calgary  
    1000m 1:15.05 28 Dec 2020 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:51.78 16 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:58.80 04 Nov 2018 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    1000m   1    
    1500m 2      
    3000m 1 1    
    Mass Start 10 Laps     1  
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 2      
    Allround 1 1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps   1    
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    Mass Start 16 Laps     1  
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 2      
Social Media
Social Media
melissawijfje.wix.com/melissawijfje  
www.facebook.com/WijfjeMelissa  
twitter.com/MelissaWijfje  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHer parents wanted her to learn how to skate and she enjoyed skating on the natural ice in her garden.  
Name of coachJillert Anema [club], NED; Jan Coopmans [national], NED  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began speed skating at age five in Leiden, Netherlands.  
Club / TeamTeam Zaanlander : Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer partner Marcel Bosker has also represented the Netherlands in speed skating, winning gold in team pursuit at the world single distances championships in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Her younger brother Tom has competed in speed skating at elite junior level. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Nov 2021; Instagram profile, 31 Oct 2021; schaatsacademiehaarlem.nl, 07 Mar 2014)  
Awards and honoursIn 2013 and 2017 she was named Female Athlete of the Year in Nieuwkoop, Netherlands. (nieuwkoop.rtvlokaal.nl, 11 Mar 2017; nieuwsregio.nl, 08 Mar 2014)  
Other informationSPORT AND STUDY
She combines her speed skating career with studying commercial economics at the Johan Cruyff Academy in Groningen, Netherlands, which specialises in educating athletes. "I started a higher vocational course in Leiden once before. I remember having to explain to 10 teachers again and again why I couldn't take an exam. Now I have three contacts who are aware of exactly what I do and where I am. They help me with how I can pass exams despite all the training and tournaments. It is possible and we will make clear agreements about it. People think that I do not have time to study during the skating season, but that is not the case. In the summer you lay the foundation for your fitness. That's when I come home exhausted in the evening and sometimes have little energy left for studying. In the skating season itself I have more room for studying." (cruyffacademy.nl, 10 Mar 2021)

ILLNESS
In 2014 she was diagnosed with Graves' disease, a condition that affects the thyroid. She was not able to train for a period and lost weight. (schaatsen.nl, 18 Oct 2014)
 
Most influential person in careerDutch speed skater Marcel Bosker. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Go hard or go home." (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Other sportsShe has competed in road cycling races, including the 2018 Tour of Uppsala in Sweden. (procyclingstats.com, 29 Jun 2019)  
AmbitionsTo win gold in the 1500m or 3000m at the Olympic Winter Games or world championships. Away from competition, she aspires to start a sports-related business. (cruyffacademy.nl, 10 Mar 2021)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a total of six gold medals at the world junior championships in 2014 and 2015, placing third in the 5000m at the 2016 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, and finishing third in the 3000m at the 2017 World Cup event in Stavanger, Norway. (Athlete, 21 Nov 2018)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1500m4  
    2019/2020 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1500m5  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1500m6  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps10  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps11  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 3000m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m4  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1500m4  
    2019/2020 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps5  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m6  
    2018/2019 World Cup 3000/5000m7  
    2018/2019 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m8  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m11  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m11  
    2020/2021 World Cup 3000m13  
    2019/2020 World Cup 3000/5000m19  
    2020/2021 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps19  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps21  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall21  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m24  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m30