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Hein Otterspeer


SportSpeed Skating
Born11 Nov 1988 in  Gouda
FamilyPartner Bettelien van der Ploeg, son Sant-Jan [2015]
ResidenceHeerenveen, NED
LanguagesDutch, English, German
Personal Bests
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 34.35 03 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1000m 1:06.95 05 Dec 2021 Salt Lake City, UT  
    1500m 1:47.68 09 Oct 2016 Inzell  
    5000m 7:14.47 24 Nov 2007 Eindhoven  
Main Achievements
Main Achievements
World Sprint Championships
World Sprint Championships
    Overall   1 1  
European Sprint Championships
European Sprint Championships
    Overall   2    
Social Media
Social Media  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportThere was a nature park behind his house where he could skate on natural ice while he was growing up. "I quickly realised that I wanted to be a top skater. By the time I went to high school, I was already working on it. To be honest, I never looked further. I always had the conviction I had to make it and end up in a commercial skating team."  
When and where did you begin this sport?He began skating in Ouderkerk aan den IJssel, Netherlands.  
Club / TeamTeam Reggeborgh: Netherlands  
Name of coachGerard van Velde [club], NED; Rintje Ritsma [national], NED  
General Interest
General Interest
Most influential person in careerHis family. (, 22 Jan 2019)  
Awards and honoursHe was named the 2010 Sportsman of the Year in Krimpenerwaard, Netherlands. (, 13 Feb 2011)  
InjuriesHe was dealing with a groin injury in the lead-up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. (, 16 Feb 2022;, 29 Dec 2021)

In 2017 he sustained a back injury that continued to affect him for the following three years. (, 29 Nov 2020, 22 Jan 2019)

He sustained a groin injury in January 2017. (, 26 Aug 2017)

In 2015 he dislocated his shoulder after crashing into a car while cycling. (, 06 Oct 2015)
HobbiesSupporting Dutch football team Ajax, spending time with family. (, 14 Aug 2019)  
Other informationINJURY RESOLUTION
He was affected by a back injury between 2017 and 2020. He was eventually persuaded to seek specialist treatment abroad by Jac Orie, who was his coach at Team Jumbo-Visma. "The weak zone has been removed from my body and I can use my strength again on the ice. I may not be at 100% [speaking in late 2020], but I am not at 50% either." (, 29 Nov 2020)
Hero / IdolDutch speed skater Ids Postma. (, 02 Sep 2017)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2020/2021 European Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2022/2023 European Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2014/2015 World Sprint Championships Overall2  
    2012/2013 World Sprint Championships Overall3  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 2 x 500m4  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1000m5  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1000m6  
    2011/2012 World Sprint Championships Overall7  
    2018/2019 World Sprint Championships Overall8  
    2017/2018 European Single Distances Championships 1000m8  
    2022 Olympic Games 1000m10  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2012/2013 World Cup Nagano 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m1  
    2021/2022 World Cup Tomaszˇw Mazowiecki 1000m1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m1  
    2022/2023 World Cup Calgary, AB 1000m1  
    2017/2018 World Cup 500m2  
    2011/2012 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Heerenveen Team Sprint2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Erfurt 1000m2  
    2022/2023 World Cup Calgary, AB Team Sprint2  
    2020/2021 World Cup Heerenveen 500m2  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 500m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Harbin 1000m2  
    2020/2021 World Cup 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1000m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup 1000m3  
    2019/2020 World Cup Nagano 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Minsk 500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin 1000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Team Sprint3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Heerenveen 1000m3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Stavanger 500m3  
    2021/2022 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT 1000m3  
    2012/2013 World Cup Harbin 1000m3  
    2020/2021 World Cup 500m6  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m7  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1000m9  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall11  
    2014/2015 World Cup 500m12  
    2010/2011 World Cup 1000m13  
    2012/2013 World Cup 500m14  
    2021/2022 World Cup 500m15  
    2010/2011 World Cup 500m16  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1000m16  
    2015/2016 World Cup 500m18  
    2019/2020 World Cup 1000m19  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall19  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall20  
    2011/2012 World Cup 500m20  
    2019/2020 World Cup 500m23  
    2018/2019 World Cup 1000m25  
    2018/2019 World Cup 500m34  
    2013/2014 World Cup 500m34  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m37  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall42  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall43