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Bob de Vries


SportSpeed Skating
Born16 Dec 1984 in  Haule
FamilyChildren Pim, Maud, and Noor [2017]
ResidenceHaule, NED
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.56 21 Nov 2020 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:19.63 04 Mar 2007 Assen  
    1500m 1:51.04 15 Oct 2017 Inzell  
    5000m 6:10.48 01 Dec 2017 Calgary  
    10000m 12:43.57 21 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    10000m   1    
    Team Pursuit 8 Laps     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe switched from marathon skating to speed skating because it offered better financial rewards, which makes it easier for him to spend time away from his occupation as a farmer. His first year was unsuccessful, until a new coach recommended he try the longer distances that complemented his marathon background.  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began speed skating in 2009. Prior to that he had competed in marathon skating.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe has competed in marathon skating in the Netherlands. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2011)  
InjuriesHe injured his left knee in February 2012. (, 06 Feb 2012)

He was troubled by a back injury in 2011. (, 28 Oct 2016)
Famous relativesHis sister Elma de Vries has represented the Netherlands in roller speed skating, winning gold in the 5000m relay at the 2016 European Championships in Heerde, Netherlands. She has also competed in speed skating at the Dutch championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 27 Oct 2017;, 13 Feb 2017)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
He announced his retirement from competitive speed skating in January 2021. (, 28 Jan 2021)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 10000m2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 10000m6  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m15  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 20 Laps1  
    2010/2011 World Cup 5000/10000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 10000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell Mass Start 20 Laps3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 10000m3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps3  
    2010/2011 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup 5000/10000m16  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall16  
    2017/2018 World Cup 5000/10000m19  
    2016/2017 World Cup 5000/10000m22  
    2015/2016 World Cup 5000/10000m25  
    2013/2014 World Cup 5000/10000m30  
    2009/2010 World Cup 5000/10000m30  
    2012/2013 World Cup 5000/10000m32  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall33