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Bart Swings

Belgium

SportSpeed Skating
FederationIDSSBEL11202199101
NOCBelgium
Born12 Feb 1991 in  Leuven
GenderMen
FamilyPartner Annelyn
ResidenceBelgium
OccupationAthlete, Student
LanguagesDutch, English, French
Higher educationElectronic Engineering - Catholic University of Leuven: Belgium
Personal Bests
EventRecordDateLocation 
Personal Bests
  Event RecordDateLocation 
    500m 36.46 07 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    1000m 1:09.28 14 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    1500m 1:42.48 15 Nov 2015 Calgary  
    5000m 6:11.54 10 Dec 2017 Salt Lake City, UT  
    10000m 12:57.31 21 Nov 2015 Salt Lake City, UT  
Main Achievements
 
Main Achievements
Olympic Games
Event  
Olympic Games
    Mass Start 16 Laps   1    
World Allround Championships
Event  
World Allround Championships
    Allround     1  
European Allround Championships
Event  
European Allround Championships
    Allround   1 1  
Social Media
Social Media
www.facebook.com/bswings  
twitter.com/bartswings  
Sport Specific Information
Sport Specific Information
Reason for choosing this sportHe wanted to compete at the Olympic Games, but roller speed skating was not part of the programme. He therefore made the switch to speed skating, which meant he could qualify for the Olympic Winter Games. "You dream of the Olympic Games, the pinnacle for every athlete, but roller speed skating is not an Olympic sport. If it was, I would never have made the switch."  
Club / TeamNoord Limburgse Snelschaats Vereniging [NLSV]: Lommel, BEL  
Name of coachJelle Spruyt [national]  
When and where did you begin this sport?He took up roller speed skating at age eight. He began speed skating in 2010 in Germany.  
General Interest
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievementWinning silver in the mass start at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2018)  
Awards and honoursIn 2018 he was made an Honorary Citizen of Herent, Belgium. (nieuwsblad.be, 13 Apr 2018)

He was Belgium's flag bearer at the closing ceremony of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (OIS, 25 Feb 2018)

He received the 2014 Flemish Sportjuweel [Flemish Sports Jewel], an award presented annually to an athlete who has delivered a remarkable and exceptional sporting performance. (dezondag.be, 06 Nov 2016)
 
Other informationRARE MEDAL
He became the first Belgian athlete in 20 years to win a medal at the Olympic Winter Games when he claimed silver in the mass start at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Oct 2018; nieuwsblad.be, 24 Feb 2018)

INLINE VS SPEED SKATING
He got into the sport through roller speed skating, and he still feels more comfortable skating on land rather than ice. "I find inline skating so much easier, I don't have to even think about it. It's like I was born with inline skates on my feet. In ice skating I really have to focus and think about it, but when I'm doing well I really do enjoy it." (bigwheelblading.com, 09 Oct 2017)
 
InjuriesHe was suffering from sickness and a knee inflammation at the start of the 2017/18 season. (isu.org, 10 Dec 2017)  
Most influential person in careerCoach Jelle Spruyt, and his brother Maarten. (Athlete, 20 Nov 2018)  
Hero / IdolUS roller speed skater and speed skater Chad Hedrick, Belgian cyclists Sven Nys and Tom Boonen. (Athlete, 28 Jan 2017; dezondag.be, 06 Nov 2016)  
Sporting philosophy / motto"Stay focused on your goal, never quit." (Athlete, 20 Nov 2018)  
Other sportsHe has represented Belgium in roller speed skating, winning four gold medals in the sport at the 2013 World Championships in Oostende, Belgium. (dezondag.be, 06 Nov 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 18 Dec 2013; schaatsen.nl, 10 Apr 2012)  
Famous relativesHis brother Maarten has represented Belgium in roller speed skating and speed skating. (demorgen.be, 30 Sep 2013)  
Championships results
Year Competition Event Rank  
Championships results
    2015/2016 European Championships Allround2  
    2018 Olympic Games Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 10000m2  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships 1500m2  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships 10000m3  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships 10000m3  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships Allround3  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships 1500m3  
    2012/2013 World Allround Championships 5000m3  
    2016/2017 European Allround Championships Allround3  
    2014/2015 World Allround Championships Allround4  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 1500m4  
    2013/2014 European Championships Allround4  
    2014 Olympic Games 5000m4  
    2017/2018 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 10000m5  
    2014 Olympic Games 10000m5  
    2012/2013 European Championships Allround5  
    2016/2017 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2013/2014 World Allround Championships Allround5  
    2014/2015 European Championships Allround5  
    2018 Olympic Games 5000m6  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 5000m6  
    2018 Olympic Games 1500m6  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 5000m7  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 1500m7  
    2018 Olympic Games 10000m8  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps8  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 10000m8  
    2011/2012 World Allround Championships Allround9  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 5000m9  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships 5000m9  
    2016/2017 World Single Distances Championships 1500m9  
    2011/2012 European Championships Allround10  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 5000m10  
    2014 Olympic Games 1500m10  
    2014/2015 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps11  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships 10000m11  
    2012/2013 World Single Distances Championships 1500m13  
    2011/2012 World Single Distances Championships 1500m16  
    2010/2011 World Single Distances Championships 5000m17  
    2010/2011 European Championships Allround19  
    2015/2016 World Single Distances Championships Mass Start 16 Laps20  
    2015/2016 World Allround Championships Allround23  
    2014 Olympic Games 1000m23  
World Cups
Year Competition Event Rank  
World Cups
    2017/2018 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai 5000m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 16 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen Mass Start 20 Laps1  
    2012/2013 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m1  
    2014/2015 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Overall2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Overall2  
    2012/2013 World Cup 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Inzell Mass Start 20 Laps2  
    2014/2015 World Cup Seoul 10000m2  
    2012/2013 World Cup Kolomna 1500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Calgary, AB 1500m2  
    2015/2016 World Cup Stavanger 1500m2  
    2013/2014 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Obihiro Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2017/2018 World Cup Salt Lake City, UT Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Nagano Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Erfurt 1500m3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Berlin Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Stavanger Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 5000m3  
    2015/2016 World Cup Heerenveen 1500m3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Harbin 1500m3  
    2018/2019 World Cup Tomakomai Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2014/2015 World Cup Hamar Mass Start 16 Laps3  
    2016/2017 World Cup Mass Start 16 Laps4  
    2015/2016 World Cup 1500m4  
    2012/2013 World Cup Overall4  
    2015/2016 World Cup 5000/10000m6  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1500m6  
    2014/2015 World Cup 5000/10000m6  
    2016/2017 World Cup Overall7  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1500m7  
    2016/2017 World Cup 5000/10000m7  
    2012/2013 World Cup 5000/10000m9  
    2013/2014 World Cup 5000/10000m10  
    2011/2012 World Cup 5000/10000m10  
    2011/2012 World Cup Mass Start 20 Laps13  
    2013/2014 World Cup Overall13  
    2017/2018 World Cup 5000/10000m16  
    2017/2018 World Cup 1500m17  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1500m17  
    2017/2018 World Cup Overall19  
    2011/2012 World Cup 1500m19  
    2010/2011 World Cup 5000/10000m33  
    2014/2015 World Cup 1000m35  
    2011/2012 World Cup Overall40  
    2013/2014 World Cup 1000m47  
    2016/2017 World Cup 1000m52