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Thijsje Oenema


SportSpeed Skating
Born06 Jun 1988 in  Heerenveen
ResidenceJoure, NED
OccupationBank Employee
LanguagesDutch, English, Frisian
Higher educationBusiness, Law - University of Groningen: Netherlands
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 37.06 27 Jan 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:14.22 26 Jan 2013 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 2:02.13 16 Feb 2011 Heerenveen  
    3000m 4:38.67 06 Jan 2007 Deventer  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Single Distances Championships
World Single Distances Championships
    2 x 500m     1  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sport"Everyone around me was doing the sport, and my parents wanted me to be able to skate on the frozen lakes."  
When and where did you begin this sport?She took up the sport at age six.  
General Interest
General Interest
Other informationCANCER
In September 2013 she was diagnosed with skin cancer after noticing a spot on her wrist. The melanoma was removed and she began skating again soon after with a brace on her hand. In November 2015 she was diagnosed with a metastatic melanoma on her ovary, forcing her to take time away from the sport. (, 28 Dec 2016; 26 Nov 2015;, 15 May 2014;, 28 Oct 2013;, 27 Oct 2013)

Her teammates at Team Continu wore purple bracelets during the 2015/16 season as a show of support after she was diagnosed with a metastatic melanoma on her ovary in November 2015. The bracelets included a symbol of the 'Vulcan Greet' [live long and prosper] from Star Trek, a gesture the skater often used among themselves. (, 04 Dec 2015;, 04 Dec 2015)

She also holds a degree in finance and international finance management from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. (LinkedIn profile, 2017)
InjuriesShe skated with a right groin injury at the 2014 World Sprint Speed Skating Championships in Nagano, Japan. (, 18 Jan 2014)

In 2007 she contracted glandular fever and was forced off the ice for most of the season. (, 20 Mar 2009)
Memorable sporting achievementFinishing fourth and setting a national record at the 2013 World Sprint Championships in Salt Lake City, UT, United States of America, winning bronze in the 500m at the 2012 World Single Distance Championships in Heerenveen, Netherlands, and competing at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. (, 05 Nov 2014)  
HobbiesReading, listening to music. (, 31 Oct 2014)  
Superstitions / Rituals / BeliefsShe takes a bag of chocolate with her to tournaments. (, 06 Apr 2014)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall4  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 500m5  
    2013/2014 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall9  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall10  
    2010 Olympic Games 2 x 500m15  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 100m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 100m1  
    2008/2009 World Cup 100m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Kolomna 100m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 1000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 100m3  
    2008/2009 World Cup Changchun 100m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Erfurt 500m3  
    2009/2010 World Cup Erfurt 500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Astana 500m3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Chelyabinsk 500m2  
    2008/2009 World Cup Nagano 100m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m5  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m6  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m7  
    2009/2010 World Cup 500m8  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m11  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m13  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall15  
    2008/2009 World Cup 500m17  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m20  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall25  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall28  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall29  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m29