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Louis Hollaar

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
NOCNetherlands
Born18 Sep 1998 in  Numansdorp
GenderMen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 35.76 28 Nov 2020 Heerenveen  
    500m 35.29 28 Oct 2022 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:09.57 01 Nov 2020 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:08.46 30 Oct 2022 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:47.39 10 Oct 2020 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:45.07 23 Jan 2021 Heerenveen  
    5000m 6:32.49 22 Jan 2022 Heerenveen  
    10000m 14:13.68 12 Jan 2020 Groningen  
Social Media
Social Media
louishollaar.nl/  
www.facebook.com/louis.hollaar  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe was invited to try ice skating by friends of his parents. He initially combined skating and gymnastics but was forced to choose one sport after the training sessions began to clash. "I really liked it right away. Then there was roller skating in the summers, which I also enjoyed a lot. Competitions followed and gradually it got crazier. There is so much that goes into it. Training hard, the tension before the race, the idea that when it comes down to it you are really on your own."  
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age seven.  
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationCHANGING CLUBS
Following a disappointing 2021/22 season with Team IKO, he left the club to join Team Reggeborgh under coach Gerard van Velde in March 2022. "This season at IKO has been miserable [speaking in 2022]. I must have made mistakes or made wrong decisions myself. Things have not gone well in the team. If you then think that no new step can be taken, look further. In good harmony, by the way. I had a great time with the team. I haven't completely slumped or started skating dramatically badly, but you want to grow every year. I have certainly taken steps at IKO in recent times, I will not forget that. This year it was anything but stable. It should be clear: what I have in me has not come out. Team Worldstream was in contact with me, IKO wanted to keep me. My preference was for Reggeborgh, especially when I noticed that Gerard [van Velde] wanted me to be there." (schaatsen.nl, 15 Mar 2022)
 
HobbiesSpending time with friends, watching football and Formula One. (schaatsteamreggeborgh.nl, 01 Sep 2022)  
InjuriesHe sustained a minor back injury in early 2022. (louishollaar.nl, 20 Sep 2022)

He tore a muscle in his groin in October 2019, which kept him out of action for almost a year. (bndestem.nl, 25 Jan 2020; schaatsen.nl, 06 Jul 2022)

He sustained a concussion during his final year as a junior skater. (schaatsen.nl, 06 Jul 2022)
 
Other sportsHe has represented the Netherlands in roller speed skating. He competed in the marathon at the 2016 World Championships in Nanjing, People's Republic of China. (SportsDeskOnline, 09 Nov 2021; louishollaar.nl, 01 Sep 2020)  
Famous relativesHis brother Matthieu has competed in speed skating at national level in the Netherlands. (talentned.nl, 01 Jan 2020)  
Hero / IdolDutch speed skater Sven Kramer, US speed skater Chad Hedrick. (talentned.nl, 01 Jan 2020)  
AmbitionsTo win gold in the 1500m at the Olympic Winter Games. (talentned.nl, 01 Jan 2020)  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2020/2021 World Cup 1500m7  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1500m37  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1500m38  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m58