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Jorrit Bergsma

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED10102198601
NOCNetherlands
Born01 Feb 1986 in  Aldeboarn
GenderMen
ResidenceNetherlands
LanguagesDutch, English, Frisian
OccupationAthlete
FamilyWife Heather Bergsma, son Brent [2018], daughter Barbara Jean [2020]
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 38.25 27 Dec 2014 Heerenveen  
    1000m 1:14.30 20 Dec 2014 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:47.08 02 Nov 2013 Calgary  
    5000m 6:06.93 10 Nov 2013 Calgary  
    10000m 12:37.72 28 Dec 2020 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    5000m     1  
    10000m 1 1    
World Single Distances Championships
Event  
World Single Distances Championships
    5000m   4    
    10000m 3 4    
    Mass Start 16 Laps 1      
    Team Pursuit 1      
European Single Distances Championships
Event  
European Single Distances Championships
    5000m   1    
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Jumbo-Visma: Netherlands  
Name of coachJac Orie [club], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHe was forced to retire from a 100km inline skating race in August 2017 after suffering knee and elbow injuries in a fall. (telegraaf.nl, 19 Aug 2017)

In January 2013 he required four stitches in his eyebrow after colliding with another skater during training and hitting his head on the ice. (volkskrant.nl, 31 Jan 2013)
 
Famous relativesHis wife Heather Bergsma [nee Richardson] represented the United States of America in speed skating at the Olympic Winter Games in 2010, 2014 and 2018. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Nov 2021; Facebook profile, 10 Dec 2020; Pyeongchang Entries, 15 Feb 2018; nrc.nl, 20 Feb 2014)  
Social Media
Social Media
twitter.com/JorritBergsma  
www.facebook.com/jorrit.bergsma  
General Interest
General Interest
Other sportsHe has competed in marathon skating and was Dutch national champion in 2010 and 2012. (spitsnieuws.nl, 08 Feb 2012)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?He first tried the sport on natural ice in Aldeboarn, Netherlands. He began skating indoors in 1993 in Thialf, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"Work hard, believe in yourself and enjoy." (Athlete, 08 Feb 2017)  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHis father got him involved in the sport.  
Social Media
Social Media
www.jorritbergsma.nl  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationNEW START
Following a disappointing performance at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, he parted ways with his coach of 13 years, Jillert Anema, and joined Team Jumbo-Visma under coach Jac Orie. "It soon became clear to me that Jumbo-Visma really wanted to incorporate me. Then you go by your gut feeling and choose the party you want." Bergsma admits it took him some time to adapt to a new style of coaching, with Orie preferring methods driven by scientific data. "Jac sometimes shows me numbers of measurements and then explains what it means. All very interesting. But after a while it really starts to dizzy me. I have worked in one way for 13 years. I just knew if I do this and that in the summer, a good winter will come out. Now I have taken a completely different tack and first I have to wait and see how the new training regime is working out. It's exciting that I've lost my fixes, but it's also fun at the same time. I'm just really curious what this switch will bring me." (nos.nl, 13 Oct 2022)

FUTURE PLANS
In October 2021 he said he had no plans to retire from the sport, but admits it is becoming more challenging with age. "I have no plans to stop yet. I will continue for a while. Who knows, maybe I will go for the Olympic Winter Games in four years. It is going very well now and I still enjoy it, if that doesn't change, I will continue to skate. But it is becoming more and more difficult. In your twenties you can handle a little more. You can train a lot and still digest everything. I have noticed that is no longer possible. I now have two children at home and it is difficult to be away from home a lot. And there are a lot of competitors. Maybe I will no longer qualify for the World Cups in a few years, but I'll still have the marathons if I don't qualify. For now I think I can keep up with long track for a while." (nu.nl, 22 Oct 2021)

FATHERHOOD
He skipped the first two World Cup events of the 2018/19 season, which were both held in Japan, after his son Brent was born in October 2018. His daughter Barbara Jean was born in September 2020. "When I'm home, I take over all the tasks. There is nothing better than doing that. You also start to put things into perspective and subconsciously skating becomes less important." (Instagram profile, 08 Sep 2020; schaatsen.nl, 31 Dec 2018; nos.nl, 07 Dec 2018; nu.nl, 29 Oct 2018; omropfryslan.nl, 26 Oct 2018)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 10000m1  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 10000m1  
    2014 Olympic Games 10000m1  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 10000m1  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 10000m2  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 10000m2  
    2018 Olympic Games 10000m2  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 10000m2  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 10000m2  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m3  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 10000m4  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships 5000m4  
    2022 Olympic Games 10000m4  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 5000m4  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 5000m5  
    2022 Olympic Games 5000m5  
    2022/2023 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start5  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start6  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps7  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 5000m8  
    2022 Olympic Games Mass Start9  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 5000m12  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps14  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps19  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps19  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps21  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification Overall1  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m1  
    2014/2015 Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2014/2015 Berlin 5000m1  
    2016/2017 Stavanger Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2012/2013 Kolomna Mass Start 20 Laps1  
    2016/2017 Nagano Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2016/2017 Nagano Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2015/2016 Heerenveen Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2011/2012 Berlin Mass Start 20 Laps1  
    2014/2015 Erfurt 5000m1  
    2012/2013 Astana Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2012/2013 Erfurt Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2013/2014 Heerenveen 5000m1  
    2014/2015 Hamar 5000m1  
    2016/2017 Stavanger 5000m1  
    2012/2013 Astana 10000m1  
    2011/2012 Heerenveen 10000m1  
    2016/2017 Heerenveen 10000m1  
    2013/2014 Berlin Team Pursuit 8 Laps1  
    2013/2014 Inzell 5000m1  
    2015/2016 Inzell 5000m1  
    2013/2014 Berlin 5000m1  
    2011/2012 Chelyabinsk 5000m1  
    2020/2021 Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2019/2020 Minsk Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification Overall2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification Mass Start 20 Laps2  
    2015/2016 Inzell Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2014/2015 Erfurt Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2016/2017 Stavanger Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2019/2020 Minsk 5000m2  
    2014/2015 Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2015/2016 Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2021/2022 Stavanger 10000m2  
    2015/2016 Calgary, AB Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2012/2013 Erfurt 10000m2  
    2011/2012 Heerenveen 10000m2  
    2015/2016 Calgary, AB 5000m2  
    2016/2017 Harbin 5000m2  
    2012/2013 Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2013/2014 Calgary, AB 5000m2  
    2012/2013 Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2015/2016 Stavanger 5000m2  
    2015/2016 Heerenveen 5000m2  
    2016/2017 Nagano 5000m2  
    2011/2012 Astana 5000m2  
    2019/2020 Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Classification Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup Classification Overall3  
    2010/2011 Hamar 10000m3  
    2021/2022 Heerenveen Mass Start3  
    2015/2016 Salt Lake City, UT 10000m3  
    2012/2013 Inzell 5000m3  
    2016/2017 Berlin 5000m3  
    2012/2013 Kolomna 5000m3  
    2013/2014 Salt Lake City, UT 5000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification Mass Start5  
    2012/2013 World Cup Classification Mass Start 20 Laps5  
    2015/2016 World Cup Classification Overall5  
    2011/2012 World Cup Classification Overall5  
    2021/2022 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m5  
    2014/2015 World Cup Classification Overall5  
    2020/2021 World Cup Classification 5000m6  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m6  
    2019/2020 World Cup Classification Mass Start 16 Laps7  
    2010/2011 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m7  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m14  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m19  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification Mass Start 16 Laps21  
    2018/2019 World Cup Classification 5000/10000m22  
    2022/2023 World Cup Classification Mass Start28  
    2017/2018 World Cup Classification Overall42