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Annouk van der Weijden


SportSpeed Skating
Born27 Jun 1986 in  Leiderdorp
Marital statusMarried
FamilyHusband Robbert de Rijk
Other namesAnnouk de Rijk
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationInterior Design, Teaching - University of Applied Sciences Leiden: Netherlands
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 39.33 18 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:17.18 16 Jan 2016 Heerenveen  
    1500m 1:55.81 16 Nov 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    3000m 4:00.45 13 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    5000m 6:54.17 16 Feb 2018 Gangneung  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Allround Championships
World Allround Championships
    Allround     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHer parents encouraged her into the sport.  
When and where did you begin this sport?She began speed skating at age six in Leiden, Netherlands.  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHer parents. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)  
Hero / IdolDutch speed skaters Falko Zandstra and Ids Postma. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015, 02 Dec 2011)  
HobbiesReading, cycling. (, 08 Jun 2017)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe listens to the song 'Live in the Moment' by Portugal the Man ahead of a race. (, 07 Feb 2018)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
She retired from competitive speed skating in March 2018. "The chapter is closed and a new life is about to begin." (, 12 Mar 2018)
Memorable sporting achievementFinishing fifth in the 3000m at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi. (, 02 Mar 2017)  
Famous relativesHer husband Robbert de Rijk has competed in speed skating at the Dutch championships. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Aug 2017;, 02 Mar 2017)  
InjuriesShe missed two weeks with a knee injury in 2015. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)

An ankle injury meant she was unable to compete for one month in 2007. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)

She missed two months with a knee injury in 2005. (Athlete, 03 Dec 2015)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m4  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps5  
    2014 Olympic Games 3000m5  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 5000m8  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 3000m8  
    2011/2012 European Championships Allround9  
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps14  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2013/2014 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m1  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Team Pursuit 6 Laps2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 3000m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup 3000/5000m8  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps9  
    2013/2014 World Cup 3000/5000m9  
    2011/2012 World Cup 3000/5000m13  
    2012/2013 World Cup 3000/5000m15  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall23  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall22  
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps25  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m28  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m31  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall32  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m32  
    2016/2017 World Cup 3000/5000m32  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m32  
    2017/2018 World Cup 3000/5000m35  
    2009/2010 World Cup 3000/5000m37  
    2008/2009 World Cup 3000/5000m40  
    2010/2011 World Cup 3000/5000m45