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Carlijn Achtereekte


SportSpeed Skating
Born29 Jan 1990 in  Lettele
LanguagesDutch, English
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.25 02 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1000m 1:18.46 07 Feb 2015 Inzell  
    1500m 1:53.93 02 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    3000m 3:54.92 13 Feb 2020 Salt Lake City, UT  
    5000m 6:49.81 27 Jan 2019 Heerenveen  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Olympic Games
    3000m 1      
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    3000m   1    
    5000m   1 1  
European Single Distances Championships
European Single Distances Championships
    3000m   1    
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHer father encouraged her to try the sport and she started enjoying it more and more.  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began skating at about age nine or 10 at the Deventer IJsclub in the Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerCoach Johan Frederiksen, her father and her brother. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2011)  
Hero / IdolDutch speed skater Erben Wennemars. (Athlete, 02 Dec 2011)  
She says that winning gold in the 3000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang resulted in her feeling more pressure, but also boosted her confidence in her abilities. "I learned a lot. Good and not so good lessons. If things don't go well, that title brings a lot of extra pressure, you have to learn to deal with that. That hasn't always worked out well. I think I'm still the same Carlijn. At least that's what my friends say. I do notice that I am more independent, but that could also be due to my age. The Olympic title showed me that I can skate, but I'm still not someone who seeks out attention. You don't often see me in the tabloids." (, 16 Sep 2021)

She studied psychomotor therapy at the School of Human Movements and Sports [CALO] in the Netherlands, which incorporates medical, psychological, kinesiological, and rehabilitative components. She also has a teaching degree in physical education from Windesheim University of Applied Sciences. (, 01 Aug 2018; Athlete, 04 Dec 2011;, 2010)
Awards and honoursIn March 2018 she was made a Knight of the Order of Orange-Nassau in recognition of the gold medal she won at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 26 Mar 2018;, 2018)  
InjuriesShe sustained a back injury in November 2020 that forced her to miss the 2020 Dutch National Allround Championships in Heerenveen. (, 21 Nov 2020)

In June 2020 she dislocated and fractured her left shoulder during training in Heerenveen, Netherlands. The injury required surgery. (, 19 Nov 2020, 24 Jul 2020;, 09 Jul 2020)

She dislocated her left shoulder shortly after the 2018 Olympic Winter Games. (, 24 Jul 2020)

A stomach complaint forced her to miss the 2018 Dutch World Cup trials in Heerenveen. She also did not compete at the 2018 World Cup event in Obihiro, Japan. (, 15 Nov 2018)

She suffered from a throat infection ahead of the 2015/16 season, which eventually required surgery. (, 01 Aug 2018)

In April 2014 she underwent shoulder surgery. (, 01 Aug 2018)
HobbiesShopping, cycling, spending time with friends, watching television. (, 26 Dec 2019, 01 Aug 2018)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"As a professional athlete you have to be selfish at times. I really had to learn that, because in the past I wasn't like that. I was often accused of being too soft. Being hard is a characteristic that belongs to the top sport life, but I am not always proud of it. At training camp I am not bothered by it because all my teammates live like that, but at home with family and friends it is different. That value disappears quickly when I'm off the skates." (, 11 Sep 2019)  
Memorable sporting achievementWinning a gold medal in the 3000m at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (, 20 May 2020)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2018 Olympic Games 3000m1  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 5000m2  
    2019/2020 World Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 3000m2  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2020/2021 World Single Distances Championships 5000m3  
    2018/2019 World Single Distances Championships 3000m4  
    2018/2019 World Allround Championships Allround4  
    2019/2020 European Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2021/2022 European Single Distances Championships 3000m5  
    2018/2019 European Allround Championships Allround6  
    2022 Olympic Games 3000m7  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps8  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps1  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar 3000m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Minsk 3000m2  
    2019/2020 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 3000m2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup 3000/5000m7  
    2019/2020 World Cup 3000/5000m8  
    2021/2022 World Cup 3000/5000m12  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall16  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m17  
    2011/2012 World Cup 3000/5000m21  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m21  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m26  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m29  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m29  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps30  
    2010/2011 World Cup 3000/5000m35  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m44