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Jesper Hospes


SportSpeed Skating
Born19 Oct 1988 in  Heerenveen
OccupationCoach, Personal Trainer
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Higher educationSports Management - Hanze University of Applied Sciences: Groningen, NED
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.50 02 Nov 2013 Calgary  
    1000m 1:09.01 16 Mar 2019 Calgary  
    1500m 1:50.38 16 Mar 2008 Calgary  
    5000m 7:14.95 19 Mar 2007 Heerenveen  
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe likes the sport as it allows him to push the limits. "I couldn't play football anymore because of an injury, and I liked the idea of doing an individual sport."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating at age 11.  
General Interest
General Interest
Famous relativesHis father Henk competed in speed skating at national level and has worked as a coach. (, 10 Jul 2020;, 05 Oct 2009)  
HobbiesFootball, Formula One, cycling, sailing. (Twitter profile, 28 Dec 2020)  
Hero / IdolJapanese speed skater Hiroyasu Shimizu, Dutch speed skaters Erben Wennemars and Gerard van Velde, Canadian speed skater Jeremy Wotherspoon. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2013, 14 Dec 2012)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Don't give up. Focus on yourself and play hard." (Athlete, 08 Nov 2013, 14 Dec 2012)  
Most influential person in careerHis parents, and coach Gerard van Velde. (Athlete, 08 Nov 2013, 14 Dec 2012)  
Other sportsHe competed in roller speed skating at the 2016 European Championships in Heerde, Netherlands. (SportsDeskOnline, 06 Mar 2019;, 14 Jul 2017)  
Other informationRETIREMENT
He retired from competitive speed skating in December 2021. (, 28 Dec 2021)

In 2021 he spent time training in Poland with coach Tuomas Nieminen. "I have had very good contact with the Polish coach Tuomas Nieminen for two or three years. The situation in Friesland [Gewest Fryslan] did not look good for me. I was one of the oldest and also trained part-time. That's why I was looking for more boys of about the same age and level. After the [COVID-19 pandemic] bubble, Tuomas and I saw each other again and then I expressed that I wanted to train with them. Here I was feeling like a real athlete again. It just cost me money. It was well worth it. I really had to work and was thrown to the lions, yet it put a smile on my face. The cooperation was good, we strengthened each other and wished each other our success. Now that I am home I will miss working with Tuomas and the Poles." (, 26 Oct 2021)
InjuriesHe sustained a groin strain in October 2021. (Twitter profile, 30 Oct 2021)

In June 2020 he had an operation due to appendicitis. (, 10 Jul 2020)

A groin injury meant he missed the 2016 World Cup event in Heerenveen, Netherlands. He returned to competition the following month. (, 23 Jan 2017)

He underwent knee surgery in May 2014. He was fit to start the new season in October 2014. (, 03 Nov 2014)
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m10  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint3  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 500m3  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m7  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m17  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m33  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m34  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m40  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1000m40  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m42  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall44  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m47  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall48