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Michelle de Jong


SportSpeed Skating
Born06 Jul 1999 in  Heerenveen
LanguagesDutch, English
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.52 11 Dec 2021 Calgary  
    1000m 1:14.66 28 Dec 2020 Heerenveen  
    1500m 2:02.03 09 Mar 2018 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:40.52 05 Feb 2017 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    500m     2  
    1000m 1      
    Team Sprint 2      
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED  
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHer older sister Antoinette Rijpma-de Jong represented the Netherlands in speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games in 2014, 2018 and 2022. She won a silver medal and a bronze medal at the 2018 Games in Pyeongchang and two bronze medals at the 2022 Games in Beijing. (SportsDeskOnline, 16 Nov 2022;, 01 Aug 2018)  
AmbitionsTo win a gold medal at the Olympic Winter Games. (, 02 Nov 2019)  
Other informationEFFECTS OF COVID
She was diagnosed with COVID-19 in October 2020 and despite overcoming the virus, she was still feeling the effects two months later. She had problems with a high heart rate and breathing difficulties as she returned to training. "After corona [virus] you have to listen very carefully to your body and determine the boundaries for yourself. You would prefer to make progress as quickly as possible, but that is not possible. It is important to focus on things that can make you better." (, 22 Dec 2020;, 28 Oct 2020)

Her older sister Antoinette has also represented the Netherlands in speed skating, winning four medals at the Olympic Winter Games. "We have always wanted to win, but for me it was also normal that I wanted to improve myself. When I was allowed to race for the first time I mainly wanted to gain experience and enjoy it. That was not really possible since the cameras were aimed at me because I was Antoinette's younger sister, and not because I had already skated so hard. In the beginning I couldn't handle it, but after a while it got better and better. You just have to deal with yourself and what other people say." (, 11 Oct 2019)
InjuriesShe did not compete at the 2020 Dutch National Single Distances Championships after testing positive for COVID-19. (, 28 Oct 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 500m5  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2021/2022 World Sprint Championships Overall6  
    2022 Olympic Games 500m13  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nur-Sultan Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk Team Sprint1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint1  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Team Sprint2  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m4  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m9  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m19  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m20