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Jan Smeekens

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED11102198701
NOCNetherlands
Born11 Feb 1987 in  Zwolle
GenderMen
ResidenceRaalte, NED
OccupationAthlete
LanguagesDutch, English, German, Spanish
Higher educationBusiness - Open University: Netherlands
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.32 19 Jan 2013 Calgary  
    1000m 1:08.89 16 Mar 2007 Calgary  
    1500m 1:48.44 15 Mar 2007 Calgary  
    5000m 7:23.36 05 Feb 2005 Assen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    2 x 500m   1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    2 x 500m     2  
    500m 1      
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/jansmeekens  
www.facebook.com/Jan-Smeekens-1445198092225288/  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam LottoNL-Jumbo [NED] / Deventer IJsclub [NED]:  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age 10 on the canals and lakes in the neighbourhood of Raalte, Netherlands.  
Reason for choosing this sport"It's beautiful to watch. I like the combination of the individual parts of the sport and its aesthetics."  
Name of coachJac Orie [LottoNL-Jumbo], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
Awards and honoursHe was selected as the Netherlands' flag bearer for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (nu.nl, 02 Feb 2018)  
Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs"I do not want to be dependent on something or get out of focus by a certain song or an iPod that breaks down. Often I stop listening to music for an hour before competing so my full focus is on my performance." (schaatsen.nl, 08 Feb 2018)  
Hero / IdolDutch speed skater Stefan Groothuis. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2012)  
Other informationPYEONGCHANG BLUES
He hoped to win a medal in the 500m race at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, but a painful crash during his last practice session a day before the race affected his performance, and he finished in tenth place. "I wanted to finish on the podium, but I knew that a miracle was needed. I also know that I do have it in me, but unfortunately it did not come true [in Pyeongchang], the disappointment is really big." (nu.nl, 19 Feb 2018)

NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first Dutch speed skater, male or female, to win gold in the 500m at the world championships when he claimed victory in the event at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (SportsDeskOnline, 25 Oct 2017; schaatsen.nl, 16 Oct 2017)

SOCHI DISAPPOINTMENT
When he crossed the line in the final of the 500m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, his time appeared to put him in first place. However, it was later downgraded by four hundredths of a second and Smeekens had to settle for silver behind Dutch teammate Michel Mulder. "The feeling when you first win is indescribable. And then the disappointment. That's quite a contrast." (telegraaf.nl, 10 Feb 2014)
 
InjuriesHe began experiencing recurring problems with his back in 2014. (nrc.nl, 10 Feb 2017)

He has had issues with the tendons in his groin during his career. (Athlete, 04 Dec 2011)
 
Memorable sporting achievementWinning gold in the 500m at the 2017 World Single Distances Championships in Gangneung, Republic of Korea. (schaatsen.nl, 16 Oct 2017)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents. (Athlete, 17 Nov 2012)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Dare to lose." (Athlete, 27 Jan 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 500m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 2 x 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m3  
    2010 Olympic Games 2 x 500m6  
    2018 Olympic Games 500m10  
    2008/2009 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m13  
    2006/2007 World Single Distances Championships 500m13  
    2010/2011 World Sprint Championships Overall13  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m14  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m15  
    2007/2008 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m16  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m1  
    2006/2007 World Cup Heerenveen 100m1  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 100m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Team Sprint1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m1  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 500m1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Erfurt 500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 500m1  
    2010/2011 World Cup Moscow 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Harbin 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 500m1  
    2009/2010 World Cup Erfurt 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 500m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall2  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Erfurt 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 100m2  
    2007/2008 World Cup Heerenveen 100m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Changchun 500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2010/2011 World Cup Berlin 500m2  
    2009/2010 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 500m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Kolomna 100m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 500m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Erfurt 500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Berlin 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Harbin 500m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m4  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m4  
    2016/2017 World Cup 500m5  
    2007/2008 World Cup 100m5  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m5  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m8  
    2006/2007 World Cup 100m8  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m11  
    2007/2008 World Cup 500m11  
    2008/2009 World Cup 100m12  
    2006/2007 World Cup 500m12  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall14  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall14  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall20  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall20  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m21  
    2005/2006 World Cup 500m25  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall27  
    2005/2006 World Cup 1000m62