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Robin Groot


SportSpeed Skating
Born12 Jan 2001 in  Alkmaar
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationCommerce - Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences: Netherlands
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.95 11 Nov 2017 Inzell  
    1000m 1:18.55 03 Mar 2018 Heerenveen  
    1500m 2:00.65 02 Nov 2018 Heerenveen  
    3000m 4:14.80 03 Nov 2018 Heerenveen  
    5000m 7:33.34 16 Dec 2018 Enschede  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
World Junior Championships
    500m     1  
    1000m   1    
    1500m 1      
    3000m 1 1    
    Mass Start 10 Laps 1   1  
    Team Pursuit 6 Laps 1 1    
    Allround   1    
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam IKO: Netherlands  
General Interest
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto"The body achieves what the mind believes." (Instagram profile, 30 Aug 2022)  
Other informationCHANGE OF TEAM
In 2020 she won multiple world junior championship titles and joined the development squad of Team Jumbo-Visma. She admits that she initially pushed herself too hard after joining the team. "I had just turned 19 and was still living with my parents. Everything changed overnight. I moved to Heerenveen and joined a commercial team for the first time. It was exciting, it was a new way of training and living on my own. As a youngster joining a team full of champions is super cool, of course, but it also has its downsides. There is a certain pressure involved, and it didn't work out for me the first year, which made me a bit insecure. In the beginning I didn't dare say that it was too much for me or that I should slow down a bit. I talked to [Jumbo-Visma coach] Sicco Janmaat and we adjusted my training schedule. Things immediately went a lot better." However, she was not offered a contract extension at Jumbo-Visma for 2022/23, and she moved to Team IKO. "It really came as a shock that I would be leaving after two years. Over the past year [2021/22] I've been on an upward trend. I made my World Cup debut and set personal bests, so I expected to get another year. I came to the realisation that Team IKO suits me better at the moment. Over the past two years I've learned that I shouldn't be so insecure and have to be strong in my shoes. I can have the confidence again that I can do it and also become the best." (, 01 Apr 2022)
Memorable sporting achievementWinning four gold medals at the 2020 World Junior Championships in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland. (, 24 Feb 2020)  
AmbitionsTo win an Olympic gold medal. (, 01 Jan 2022)  
MilestonesShe became the second speed skater representing the Netherlands [after Jutta Leerdam in 2018] to win seven medals at a single edition of the world junior championships when she claimed seven podium finishes at the 2020 edition of the tournament in Tomaszow Mazowiecki, Poland. (SportsDeskOnline, 01 Oct 2022)  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2021/2022 World Cup Mass Start27