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Merel Conijn

Netherlands

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSNED21910200101
NOCNetherlands
Born19 Oct 2001 in  Amsterdam
GenderWomen
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English
Higher educationCommunications, Science - University of Amsterdam: Netherlands
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
World Junior Championships
Event  
World Junior Championships
    1500m     1  
    3000m     1  
    Mass Start 10 Laps     1  
    Team Pursuit 1      
Social Media
Social Media
instagram.com/merelconijn  
twitter.com/merelconijn  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Club / TeamTeam Jumbo-Visma: Netherlands  
Name of coachJac Orie [club], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
InjuriesHer training was disrupted at the start of the 2022/23 season after she contracted COVID-19. (nhnieuws.nl, 22 Oct 2022)  
AmbitionsTo compete at the 2026 Olympic Winter Games in Milan-Cortina. (schaatsen.nl, 30 Mar 2022)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"I like challenges and skating is really my passion and my life for me. It's what I do with incredible pleasure and I think that's the basis for success. You have to do something where your heart is, because otherwise it won't work." (sportnieuws.nl, 01 Jan 2022)  
Other informationROLLERCOASTER YEAR
She described her first year competing at senior level in 2021/22 as a rollercoaster year of ups and downs. She was a travelling reserve for the Dutch team at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing [but did not end up competing]. She had just missed out on qualifying for the Dutch Olympic team by one hundredth of a second in the 3000m and one tenth of a second in the 5000m event. Despite the disappointment, a few weeks later she won the Dutch national allround title for the first time in her career, and then was called up to compete at her first senior international tournament, the 2022 World Allround Championships in Hamar, Norway. "It [2021/22] felt like a rollercoaster that went up and down a number of times. Of course it was disappointing that I just missed the Games, but winning the Dutch national championships and my participation in the world championships made up for a lot. It has been a very instructive first season with the seniors. Did I surprise myself? Certainly. I did not expect in my first year to be so close to participating in the Games and I never expected that the allround world championships in Hamar would be my first international tournament. I am proud of what I have achieved in a short time. The [2026] Olympic Games in Milan are circled in red in my calendar. I want to show the best version of myself there in four years. In the meantime, I want to continue to develop myself physically and mentally." (schaatsen.nl, 30 Mar 2022; Instagram profile, 09 Feb 2022)
 
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2021/2022 World Allround Championships Allround6