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Jutta Leerdam

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
NOCNetherlands
Born30 Dec 1998 in  's-Gravenzande
GenderWomen
OccupationAthlete, Model, Student
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationEconomics, Marketing - Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.22 03 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:11.84 15 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:53.64 29 Oct 2021 Heerenveen  
    3000m 4:05.19 10 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    1000m   1    
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    500m   1 1  
    1000m   1    
    1500m 1 1    
    3000m   1 1  
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1      
    Team Sprint 1      
    Allround 1 1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    1000m 1 1    
    Team Sprint 2      
World Sprint Championships
Event  
World Sprint Championships
    Team Sprint 1      
    Overall 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    1000m 2      
    Team Sprint   1    
European Sprint Championships
Event  
European Sprint Championships
    Overall 1      
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/JuttaLeerdamSchaatsen  
twitter.com/JuttaLeerdam_  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Jumbo-Visma: Netherlands  
Name of coachJac Orie [club], NED  
Reason for choosing this sport"I played hockey for eight years. I enjoyed it, but I have never been a team player. I regularly had to sit on the reserve bench. The individual aspect of skating appeals to me. It never lies. You have complete control over the end result yourself."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began speed skating at age 11.  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesShe was unable to compete at the 2022 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, after contracting COVID-19. (nos.nl, 10 Mar 2022)

She missed the 2021 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands, with a bruised foot. (isu.org, 09 Feb 2021; netherlandsnewslive.com, 27 Jan 2021)
 
Sporting philosophy / motto"I focus on the positive. Sometimes the negative does come in, but I'm an open person and I discuss it right away. I don't bottle it up. I can express myself and from there I regain confidence from my environment." (schaatsen.nl, 16 Dec 2021)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (teamjumbovisma.com, 25 Apr 2022)  
HobbiesCooking, spending time with family, travel, fashion. (ad.nl, 28 Feb 2020; YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019)  
NicknamesJoeta, Juut (ad.nl, 28 Feb 2020; manners.nl, 22 May 2019)  
Other informationCHANGE OF TEAM
In 2022 she left Team Worldstream, which she helped to establish, and joined Team Jumbo-Visma. "If I hadn't set up my own team, I would not be where I am now. I have changed a lot in my career and I have learned a lot from that. I have the freedom here [at Jumbo-Visma] to develop myself as a brand, as a person and as a skater. They were enthusiastic about me as a skater and they still saw a lot of potential. I'm not just a skater, I can also bring something else with me. I don't see that as extra pressure or something negative. They see added value in me, in different areas. I have a lot of fun with everyone and I click with Jac [Orie, coach]. It feels very natural." (nos.nl, 10 Oct 2022)

NAME ORIGIN
Her father named her Jutta because he was a fan of German windsurfer Jutta Muller. "I got the name because my dad used to surf. There was a girl who won a lot and her name is Jutta Muller. A lot of male surfers were impressed by her. She was blonde and my dad thought, 'If I have a blonde daughter, I will name her Jutta'." (YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019)

EDUCATION
After graduating with a diploma from Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences, she began studying for a bachelor's degree in marketing and commercial economics at the Hanze University of Applied Sciences in Groningen, Netherlands. "For me it's really important to keep studying. I prefer to study alongside my sport and to use my brain after my sporting career is over. I don't want my world to rely solely on sport. Besides, studying is a nice distraction." (ad.nl, 28 Feb 2020; YouTube channel, 26 Nov 2019; Facebook profile, 05 Jun 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2018)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2021/2022 World Sprint Championships Team Sprint1  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1000m1  
    2021/2022 World Sprint Championships Overall1  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Team Sprint2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 1000m2  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m2  
    2018/2019 European Sprint Championships Overall4  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 500m4  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m5  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2019/2020 World Sprint Championships Overall5  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 500m8  
    2018/2019 World Sprint Championships Overall10  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 500m16  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Stavanger 1000m1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Stavanger 500m2  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m2  
    2018/2019 World Cup Obihiro Team Sprint3  
    2022/2023 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m3  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m4  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m15  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m15  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m18  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m20  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m20  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m24  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m28